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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