Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central's ‘The Daily Show’, will step down later this year after 16 years at the helm, Comedy Central announced Tuesday night. Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless said in a statement “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," she wrote. "He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”
Stewart also announced his forthcoming departure during Tuesday's taping of ‘The Daily Show’.
“In my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity,” Stewart told a shocked studio audience. “We’re still working out details. This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you,” Stewart said. “I don’t think I’m going to miss being on television everyday. I’m going to miss coming here everyday.”
The New York-based ‘The Daily Show,’ is expected to continue, the network said, but a replacement for Stewart has yet to be named.