During Tuesday night’s taping, Jon Stewart announced that he will be retiring from The Daily Show sometime later this year. He has been the host of the Comedy Central television show since 1999.
Stewart discussed his eventual retirement with Vanity Fair in November, saying, “That being said, I think there are moments when you realize that that’s not enough anymore, or maybe it’s time for some discomfort.”
He realized that the opportunity afforded to him at Comedy Central was unique and that he might regret leaving for a while, but knew that he would eventually have to make the move.
Now, only three months later, Stewart is moving on.
He did not announce the exact date of his departure or what he would do next.
President of Comedy Central Michele Ganeless released a statement: “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.”