American comedian Jon Stewart will step down from his role as the host of The Daily Show later this year, according to a statement by Comedy Central.
Over the course of its 17-year run under Stewart’s leadership, The Daily Show was a late-night staple of political comedy mocking Fox News’ pundits and providing comic relief for tense American and international issues. In the process, both Stewart and the show became a highly respected outlet in American media and a factory that churns out great comedic talent, including Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell and John Oliver.
“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,” reads the statement by Comedy Central. “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.”
This announcement comes less than two month after Stephen Colbert ended his nine-year run as faux hard right conservative pundit on The Colbert Report. Colbert will become the new host of the Late Show on CBS after David Letterman retires this spring. The late-night slot was filled in with The Nightly Show hosted by former The Daily Show faux news correspondent Larry Wilmore.
In addition to his key role with The Daily Show, Stewart is an executive producer of the now-defunct The Colbert Report and The Nightly Show.
Stewart has previously hinted his restlessness on the faux anchor’s chair, especially after his recent directorial debut to create Rosewater. He left the show over the summer of 2013 to film the movie in Jordan, leaving John Oliver to takeover hosting duties for 12 weeks. At the end of that year, Oliver departed from The Daily Show to run HBO’s Last Week Tonight.
The Daily Show won 18 Primetime Emmy Awards under the helm of Stewart. It will continue without Stewart, although at this time a successor has not been named.
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