Jon Stewart, 52, announced Tuesday (Feb. 11) on The Daily Show that he will be stepping down as host of the Comedy Central show sometime later this year.
The late night comedian’s contract is up this fall in September, but Stewart clarified that when he would be leaving the show is still unclear. According to Stewart, “details” are still being worked out.
The news of Stewart leaving is no surprise. In 2014 while directing the film Rosewater, Stewart discussed the possibility of leaving soon.
Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless told Variety in December, “I don’t like to think about the day that Jon leaves, but there will be a day. The show will live on. It is a franchise, like the Tonight Show. We’ll figure it out when we get there. He has set the standard. We will identify talent, and hopefully, we will find the next Jon Stewart.”
During the announcement, Stewart mentioned having dinner with his family. Another solid reason for the host to exit.
Comedy Central released a statement on Stewart’s decision to step down:
“For the better part of the last two decades, we 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 had worked on the show for roughly 17 years and became the host in 1999.
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