(PAGESIX) — Jon Stewart is leaving “The Daily Show” later this year.
The host of Comedy Central’s satirical news show announced his upcoming departure during the taping of Tuesday night’s show. Stewart has been at the show’s helm since 1999.
The network confirmed the news in a statement following Stewart’s announcement.
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‘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. Though 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.’