Comedy Central’s weeknights are destined to look a lot different: The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will leave his eponymous late-night program later this year, TVLine has confirmed.
Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless commented on Stewart’s exit in a statement, saying:
“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.”
The Daily Show‘s Twitter account was quick to quip about the development — Stewart reportedly announced it at Tuesday’s taping — saying:
As recently as November, Stewart was mulling a Daily Show departure at the end of his current contract, saying that while he might end up having second thoughts à la Seinfeld’s engagement-ending George Constanza (a comparison he made), “I think there are moments when you realize that that’s not enough anymore, or maybe it’s time for some discomfort.”
Stewart’s announcement caps a year-long stretch of late-night TV shake-ups, from The Tonight Show‘s Leno-to-Fallon transition to John Oliver’s own Daily Show farewell (to helm HBO’s Last Week Tonight), from The Colbert Report‘s sign-off (as host Stephen prepares to eventually inherit CBS’ The Late Show) to Daily Show reporter Larry Wilmore’s recent debut as the host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show.