We regret to inform you that Comedy Central’s beloved Jon Stewart has decided to step down from his successful 15 year run at “The Daily Show”.
Jon Stewart will step down as host of ‘The Daily Show,’ he announced during Tuesday night’s taping. Comedy Central confirmed the news in a tweet.
Stewart has been at the helm of the beloved satirical news program for over 15 years. He will continue hosting the program until later this year.
According to a tweet from CBS News, Stewart told fans he had felt “restless.”
Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless released the following statement:
“For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, ‘The Daily Show’ has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of ‘The Daily Show’ until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”
Stewart joined ‘The Daily Show’ in 1999, replacing Craig Kilborn. Covering topics such as the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, CIA spying, torture, media bias, and several presidential elections, he transformed the show into a powerful and respected voice in American media. He was even named one of America’s most trusted news sources in a 2009 poll.
Stewart has also gained notoriety for his sharp criticism of cable news.
The show is Comedy Central’s longest running program other than South Park. It has won 19 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and inspired three popular spin-offs: ‘The Colbert Report,’ ‘Last Week Tonight,’ and ‘The Nightly Show.’
Stewart had previously taken a leave of absence in 2013 to direct the film ‘Rosewater.’