In a surprise move, Jon Stewart announced that he’s retiring as the host of Comedy Central’s political news satire program, ‘The Daily Show’.
Stewart broke the news Tuesday to his audience while taping the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning show. Shortly after, Comedy Central sent a tweet confirming Stewart’s departure:
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.
In 2013, Stewart took a 12-week hiatus from the show to make his feature directing debut on Rosewater.
Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015