In the first late night departure of 2015, Jon Stewart is leaving “The Daily Show.” The shocking announcement was made during Tuesday night’s episode.
Since 1999, Stewart has hosted the political comedy show on Comedy Central, and has been the top source of political news and information for a generation of young Americans. Stewart made the announcement on the Feb. 10 broadcast, to the surprise and shock of his viewers. Stewart’s contract expires at the end of 2015, and the host The Daily Show will fulfill the remaining the length of his deal.
In a statement by Comedy Central president, Michele Ganeless, the network confirmed that Stewart would be stepping down. “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.” Ganeless called Stewart “the heart of Comedy Central,” whose “unparalleled platform for political comedy will endure for years to come.”
In December of 2014, Stewart’s comedy side kick, Stephen Colbert left the network’s “Colbert Report” to prep for taking over CBS’ “The Late Show” for David Letterman. It is unknown who might replace Stewart in his role as host of The Daily Show. Stewart has been a mainstay at Comedy Central for 15 years, and has produced consistently solid ratings each year.