Jon Stewart Retiring From Daily Show

He leaves sometime in 2015, after 15 years
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2015 6:05 PM CST
Updated Feb 10, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Jon Stewart Retiring From Daily Show
Jon Stewart during a taping of the 'Daily Show' in 2012.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

Jon Stewart is retiring from the Daily Show later this year. He reportedly revealed the big news during the taping of tonight's episode, reports the AV Club. In a statement to Politico, a Comedy Central exec confirms that Stewart will step down at a still-unspecified date after more than 15 years. "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," says network chief Michele Ganeless, which seems to suggest that the show will go on with a new host.

This is one of those rare cases when a network's official statement is right in line with what most others are writing:

  • "To a younger generation of viewers who stopped watching the news, his late-night 'fake' news show—which skewered politicians and the media—made him a trusted messenger to millions," writes Emily Yahr at the Washington Post.
  • Business Insider: The show is a "cultural force."
  • NPR: A "hugely influential figure in American politics."
  • New York Times: A "nightly home for sharp-edged political satire and up-to-the-moment commentary on the news."
(Stewart, of course, is a movie director now, too.)

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