Jon Stewart has announced that he is retiring from “The Daily Show.”
Long time The Daily Show host Jon Stewart has announced that he is retiring, ending his run with Comedy Central. It is truly the marking of the end of an era after Stephen Colbert ended his run with The Colbert Report in 2014 to take over for David Letterman on his Late Night show.
The word started spreading on social media thanks to some fans who were in attendance for the taping of an episode when Stewart announced his retirement.
It wasn’t too long before Comedy Central themselves confirmed the news with a letter thanking Jon Stewart, posted to their Twitter account.
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“For the better part of the last two decades, we 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 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.”
Stewart did have an eye for talent, with comedians like Jon Oliver, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Jason Jones and Rob Riggle all working at the Daily Show during his tenure there.
Oliver has gone on to host his own similar show on HBO, and had Stewart retired before the beginning of that show he would’ve been a natural to take over.
The Daily Show did tweet out a teaser in regards to the announcement tonight, making a joke about staying through the interview. For those unfamiliar with the joke or show, a lot of fans check out when the interview begins, losing interest after the show shift gears from Stewart ripping his targets for the night.
It will be interesting to see if Comedy Central’s political comedy late night block can survive without Colbert and Stewart.
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