Stewart: It Was ‘The Honor Of My Professional Life’ (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart on Tuesday night announced his departure from the “The Daily Show” and thanked viewers for watching and “hate-watching” the show.

He said that while it was an “incredible opportunity,” he felt it was time for a new host.

“It is time for someone else to have that opportunity,” he said. “This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host.”

Stewart said that he likely won’t leave until late in the year, possibly in September, and he said he did not have any specific plans for when he leaves the show.

“I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard, from multiple sources, are lovely people,” he joked.

“I don’t think I’m going to miss being on television every day. I’m going to miss coming here everyday,” he continued. “I love the people here.”

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Stewart then fought back tears, yelling, “What is this fluid?! What are these feelings?!”

“It’s been an absolute privilege,” he said. “It’s been the honor of my professional life.”

Watch Stewart’s announcement via YouTube:

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