Jon Stewart announced during the taping of The Daily Show today that he’s stepping down as host. Comedy Central confirmed the news about Stewart’s departure on Twitter.
Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015
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. – Comedy Central
While The Daily Show will live on, someone will have to take on the impossible task of filling Jon Stewart’s shoes. He’s been with The Daily Show since 1999, taking over the show from Craig Kilborn and turning it into a much more culturally relevant political satire show that’s watched by so many people and has had so much impact shaping the way people receive news. Last year, a survey conducted by the Brookings Institution found that Americans trust Jon Stewart for news more than MSNBC.
I’m beyond gutted that Jon Stewart is leaving, but I can’t say I’m surprised. Stewart left the show for a few months in 2013 to direct his first feature film, Rosewood. And Stephen Colbert — former Daily Show correspondent and Stewart’s partner-in-crime — recently ended The Colbert Report. It makes sense for Stewart to follow in his footsteps.
How do you feel about Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show?