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PopWrapped | Television

Jon Stewart To Leave The Daily Show Later This Year

Dani Strehle | PopWrapped Author

Dani Strehle

Updated 03/22/2015 8:45pm
Jon Stewart To Leave The Daily Show Later This Year | Jon Stewart
Media Courtesy of indiewire.com
Brace yourselves, folks; I'm about to break some hearts. After several months of whispers over the fate of Comedy Central's wildly popular The Daily Show, its magnanimous host, Jon Stewart, announced to today's live-studio audience that he would be stepping down as host after 16 years. Michele Ganeless, Comedy Central President, released the following statement to EW:
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. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.
Stewart has sat in that office chair in front of the nondescript background since 1999. 1999!!!!!! And, after taking over for Craig Kilborn, Jon Stewart has led The Daily Show to 19 Emmy wins. Ganeless ominously revealed that Stewart would continue with his hosting duties until "later this year." No word yet on whether this means that TDS  will continue, or if it will retire with its (irreplaceable) host. As a personal aside... This is a devastating blow. Jon Stewart has remained a bastion of hope for libs and rational people everywhere, championing common sense with brilliant, fact-checked diatribes that assigned guilt, yet left us in uproarious laughter. He is a national treasure, and I can't imagine life without his witty, but fair (I mean, just watch him, he goes after everyone) segments that articulate all of the things racing through my mind, with an air of eloquence that I've not yet mastered. Stay tuned, there is obviously more to come.

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