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Jon Stewart to leave Comedy Central's The Daily Show by the end of 2015

02.10.2015

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Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show when his contract expires at the end of 2015, after hosting the late-night show for almost 17 years. Stewart announced the news during Tuesday's taping, and Comedy Central later confirmed he is stepping down as the satirical news program's host.

Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless on Jon Stewart exiting The Daily Show:

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 took over anchoring The Daily Show after Craig Kilborn (remember him?) left to host CBS' The Late Late Show. The Daily Show helped launch the careers of comedians like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and most recently John Oliver, who after filling in for Stewart while he was filming ROSEWATER, landed his own late-night show on HBO, Last Week Tonight.

There's no word on what Jon Stewart will be doing with his free time, but ROSEWATER has received solid reviews, so perhaps he's interested in directing another movie, or being involved with a different type of TV show. What would you like to see Jon Stewart do next after he's finished with The Daily Show?

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12:53PM on 02/11/2015

I Do Remember My Favorite Jon Stewart Moment!

It was his first show after 9/11 and it was of course the heaviest show to date. Stewart had a lot of trouble holding back tears when describing his team's views on the events. For the Moment of Zen, the last thing featured on most episodes and usually one of the most outrageous or funny parts of the show, Stewart pulled out a puppy from under his desk. "And now for your moment of zen. A puppy!" A lot of us were unsure what to expect from a comedic news show covering the 9/11 crisis, but it was
It was his first show after 9/11 and it was of course the heaviest show to date. Stewart had a lot of trouble holding back tears when describing his team's views on the events. For the Moment of Zen, the last thing featured on most episodes and usually one of the most outrageous or funny parts of the show, Stewart pulled out a puppy from under his desk. "And now for your moment of zen. A puppy!" A lot of us were unsure what to expect from a comedic news show covering the 9/11 crisis, but it was a class act all the way. Below are two clips from that show.
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9:08AM on 02/11/2015

It was bound to happen, but still very sad

The BBC called him this generation's answer to Walter Cronkite. Under the satire, he showed a shrewd grasp of the issues, and a willingness to hammer any side that he felt deserved it. I can't think of a favourite Jon Stewart moment: there were too many.

Good luck in your future endeavours, Jon.
The BBC called him this generation's answer to Walter Cronkite. Under the satire, he showed a shrewd grasp of the issues, and a willingness to hammer any side that he felt deserved it. I can't think of a favourite Jon Stewart moment: there were too many.

Good luck in your future endeavours, Jon.
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8:47AM on 02/11/2015
A very sad day, but he'll still be in the media one way or another. I'll miss his debates with Bill O'Reilly though.
A very sad day, but he'll still be in the media one way or another. I'll miss his debates with Bill O'Reilly though.
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6:01AM on 02/11/2015
Only came across him during the most recent Israeli/Palestine conflict (where are they supposed to go???? Swim for it????? lolzzz) and have seen quite a few clips since covering other topics - it's sad, he's very good. Actually amazed he was allowed to do that Palestine piece on US television.
Only came across him during the most recent Israeli/Palestine conflict (where are they supposed to go???? Swim for it????? lolzzz) and have seen quite a few clips since covering other topics - it's sad, he's very good. Actually amazed he was allowed to do that Palestine piece on US television.
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2:52AM on 02/11/2015

Worstest. News. Ever.

Actually is was hilarious news for 16 years. I knew he wouldn't host forever but I thought we would get a few more years out of him. I blame Stephen Colbert for starting the trend.
Actually is was hilarious news for 16 years. I knew he wouldn't host forever but I thought we would get a few more years out of him. I blame Stephen Colbert for starting the trend.
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11:11PM on 02/10/2015
The guy has had a tremendous influence on how I view politics and satire. I always had a passing interest in politics, not in being a politician, but staying informed. When I was in college Jon Stewart was really the only game in town as far as biting political critiquing went (there was Weekend Update, often my least favorite part of SNL, and Bill Maher was making his comeback with Real Time, but he can't help but be a douche about it). Stewart really revolutionized what a late-night host
The guy has had a tremendous influence on how I view politics and satire. I always had a passing interest in politics, not in being a politician, but staying informed. When I was in college Jon Stewart was really the only game in town as far as biting political critiquing went (there was Weekend Update, often my least favorite part of SNL, and Bill Maher was making his comeback with Real Time, but he can't help but be a douche about it). Stewart really revolutionized what a late-night host COULD be. And what the news could be. And what people SHOULD be concerning themselves with.

I think it's smart of him to leave now. The line-up is changing, he's getting older, and he's been candid about how he regards the politicians (no matter their stripe) that he has on his show as salesmen. If The Daily Show continues he'll be its Johnny Carson. Not the first, but the most loved of all hosts. Anyway, we've still got some months left for Stewart to make us laugh and make us think. Or roll your eyes, if he's not your thing.
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12:39AM on 02/11/2015
You do realize that he doesn't "do the news," right? He cherry-picks quotes (mostly out of context) and has a staff of 30 writers make jokes out of them. He also is on record numerous times saying that he's "just a comedian," and that anyone taking his "news" seriously needs to get a life.
You do realize that he doesn't "do the news," right? He cherry-picks quotes (mostly out of context) and has a staff of 30 writers make jokes out of them. He also is on record numerous times saying that he's "just a comedian," and that anyone taking his "news" seriously needs to get a life.
6:40AM on 02/11/2015
I know he doesn't do the news. But, for instance, a few years ago when Glenn Beck was organizing tea party protests, his team noticed that the footage had been doctored to make it look like there were more people there than in actuality. And that in one shot it was blue skies, and the other, gray skies. Terry Gross actually confronted Stewart about that. There was also the time he devoted an entire episode to holding CNBC's Jim Cramer accountable for giving bad financial advice with regard to
I know he doesn't do the news. But, for instance, a few years ago when Glenn Beck was organizing tea party protests, his team noticed that the footage had been doctored to make it look like there were more people there than in actuality. And that in one shot it was blue skies, and the other, gray skies. Terry Gross actually confronted Stewart about that. There was also the time he devoted an entire episode to holding CNBC's Jim Cramer accountable for giving bad financial advice with regard to the faltering Bear Stearns market.
12:16AM on 02/12/2015
He ""does the news"" with a lot more honestly and enjoyability than Fox news, Des,...
He ""does the news"" with a lot more honestly and enjoyability than Fox news, Des,...
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11:07PM on 02/10/2015
I think John Oliver might do a decent job. Last Week Tonight is a great show and the dude is just a riot.
I think John Oliver might do a decent job. Last Week Tonight is a great show and the dude is just a riot.
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11:15PM on 02/10/2015
I'd almost hate to see him leave Last Week Tonight. But I'm also not sure which of the current correspondents would make a logical host. Is Samantha Bee still there? She might work.
I'd almost hate to see him leave Last Week Tonight. But I'm also not sure which of the current correspondents would make a logical host. Is Samantha Bee still there? She might work.
10:49PM on 02/10/2015
They'll never be able to replace him with someone just as great.

For his last show, I would love to see Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert be his last remaining guests.
They'll never be able to replace him with someone just as great.

For his last show, I would love to see Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert be his last remaining guests.
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10:56PM on 02/10/2015
Maybe John Oliver, too.
Maybe John Oliver, too.
10:47PM on 02/10/2015
You know I disagree with a lot of his politics and things of that nature, but the guy is funny and well educated and I enjoy his show for the most part.
You know I disagree with a lot of his politics and things of that nature, but the guy is funny and well educated and I enjoy his show for the most part.
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10:18PM on 02/10/2015
This saddens me beyond all measure. No one can light a candle to Stewart's brilliance and comedic timing. Whoever they find to fill his shoes will need to be fantastic.
This saddens me beyond all measure. No one can light a candle to Stewart's brilliance and comedic timing. Whoever they find to fill his shoes will need to be fantastic.
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