A lot’s happened in the world since Jon Stewart took over hosting duties of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show in January of 1999 and he’s always been right there to report on it. He made a career out of mocking political and social issues as well as offering poignant insights into both, always reminding us of how silly it is to get too caught up in these subjects instead of paying attention to the important things in life.
Now, after 17 years, he’s finally signing off.
And there goes my interest in following the news anymore.
Stewart made the announcement on Tuesday during a taping of his show. Naturally, word spread across social media like wildfire.
Comedy Central has confirmed the news and released the following response:
“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. 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.”
The sad thing is that in these tumultuous times Jon Stewart has become one of the most reliable and candid sources of news in the U.S. You can bet Comedy Central will be looking for a replacement to keep The Daily Show legacy going, but whoever they pick will have big shoes to fill.
UPDATE: You can now see Jon Stewart’s emotional announcement here. (Source: Comedy Central) Or hit the jump to view it from youtube.