Jon Stewart Is Retiring From The Daily Show

Comedy Central confirmed the news that the host is stepping down later this year

By Sydney Bucksbaum Feb 11, 2015 12:00 AMTags
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It's truly the end of an era.

Jon Stewart is retiring from The Daily Show.

The comedic late-night host announced that he is stepping down from his hosting duties during a taping of today's show, and soon thereafter, Comedy Central confirmed the sad news by tweeting a statement of support for Stewart.

"Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year," the statement reads. "He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."

"For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless says. "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."

Stewart has hosted The Daily Show since taking over the Comedy Central show in 1999.

He is the latest in a long line of late-night host shake-ups, following Jimmy Fallon leaving Late Night for The Tonight Show; Seth Meyers taking over Late Night; James Corden taking over for Craig Ferguson as the host of the Late Late Show; and Stephen Colbert just ended his Colbert Report to take over for David Letterman as the host of the Late Show.

Are you sad to see Stewart go?