JON STEWART IS LEAVING ‘THE DAILY SHOW’
Jon Stewart is moving on from The Daily Show. The announcement was made by Stewart during a taping of the show Tuesday (February 10th) and in a statement from Comedy Central.
Network 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.”
Jon Stewart ended the Tuesday (February 10th) edition of The Daily Show by addressing the news that broke earlier in the day that he was leaving the show. He told the audience, “Now I would imagine that as this show is airing, there may be information out there that the audience may not be aware of. So I will just tell you…Doug Herzog, Michele Gainless of Comedy Central gave me an incredible opportunity 17 years ago to pilot this wonderful franchise. Seventeen years is the longest in my life I’ve ever held a job by 16 years and five months. The upshot there being I’m a terrible employee. But in my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity.”
Jon has been with the show since 1999. In that time, the show has picked up 20 Emmy Awards.