Jon Stewart has announced he is stepping down from The Daily Show.
The popular host, who started working on the Comedy Central news program in January 1999, revealed the news of his departure during a taping of his show on Tuesday.
Michele Ganeless, President of Comedy Central, said in a statment, “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.”
Jon Stewart has won 18 Emmys for The Daily Show for Best Variety Series from 2002 to 2012.
The show has had two shows spin-off the program, The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert and the recently debuted The Nightly Show with Larry Willmore.
Stewart’s show helped launch the careers of stars such as Josh Gad, Ed Helms, and Steve Carell.
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