Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show after 15 years. The comedian announced the news to an audience during a taping today (Feb. 10).
Reports USA Today:
The network confirmed his planned exit with a statement from president Michele Ganeless:
“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.”
Stewart had been hinting at his restlessness while promoting Rosewater, his directorial debut, last fall, telling NPR he’d never find another job he’s as well suited for. “That being said, I think there are moments when you realize that that’s not enough anymore, or maybe it’s time for some discomfort.”
Stewart’s departure makes sense because it has been over a decade. Plus, Stephen Colbert got a job hosting The Late Show, it’s time for Stewart to make some new moves.