End of an Era: Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'The Daily Show'
We don’t know much yet, but we know this: it’s the end of an era at The Daily Show, where Jon Stewart, one of the most respected comedians of the past two decades and one of the 21st century’s most influential media personalities period, has reportedly announced his retirement. Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said:
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.
Stewart took over The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn in 1999 and turned it into the spitwad-firing machine it is today. He recently made a successful turn as a director for the critically acclaimed venture Rosewater, but there’s no word about where he might be going next or when his last day will be—other than it’ll be “this year.” Stay tuned …