We were hoping it wasn’t true, but alas, Jon Stewart confirmed that he is, in fact, leaving ‘The Daily Show’ after 16 years as its host. The comedian announced his retirement during a very somber episode on Feb. 10.
Jon Stewart, 52, told longtime fans of The Daily Show that he will be stepping down as the longtime host later this year. Comedy Central was first to announce the heartbreaking news on their Twitter page, but viewers got the confirmation during the Feb. 10 episode.
Jon Stewart Retiring — ‘The Daily Show’ Host Confirms Exit For Later This Year
Jon, who took over hosting duties from Craig Kilborn in 1999, addressed the elephant in the room and said:
“Comedy Central gave me an incredible opportunity 17 years ago to pilot this wonderful franchise. And 17 years is the longest I have ever in my life held a job by 16 and 5 months. The upshot there being, I am a terrible employee, but in my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity.”
The audience then started getting upset. Jon addressed the fact that the audience at home was probably already aware he’s leaving, but his studio audience was not (the show is pre-taped — it’s not live.)
“We’re still working out details. I’m up in September. I might still be around then. It might be December, maybe July. We’re still working out details. I don’t have any specific plans. I have a lot of ideas — a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people. You know, I’m not going to be here and try to sum up what this place has meant to me over the years, but…I couldn’t do that. And we have plenty of time, and a myriad of people to thank. And we’ll get to that over time. I’m not going anywhere tomorrow. But this show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you. I don’t think I’m going to miss being on television every day. I’m going to miss coming here every day. I love the people here. They’re the best. They’re creative, collaborative and kind…I love and respect them so much,” he added.
Someone from the audience then yelled, “I love you Jon,” which is when the rest of the in-studio viewers began cheering!
Jon then thanked everyone for watching and closed the show.
The Verge was the first to report that Jon would be making a statement on tonight’s episode. Apparently, Jon “let the cat out of the bag” at during episode’s taping earlier in the day, and told the audience he’s “retiring.”
Well, we’re glad we finally got the confirmation from Jon himself.
Jon Stewart Leaving ‘The Daily Show’ After 16 Years — Comedy Central Thanks Him
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Comedy Central released a statement from the network’s President, Michele Ganeless, on their Twitter page earlier today. It read:
“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 and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera.”
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— Chris Rogers