Jon Stewart will leave “The Daily Show” later this year, Comedy Central confirmed on Tuesday evening. Rumors first leaked Tuesday afternoon that Stewart had announced his departure to guests during the taping of that evening’s show.
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— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015
Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless thanked Stewart in a statement released to multiple news outlets:
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.
According to the AV Club, Stewart will announce his retirement from “The Daily Show” during Tuesday night’s episode.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 11, 2015