Jon Stewart leaving ‘The Daily Show’

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Comedy Central announced Tuesday that Jon Stewart will be leaving “The Daily Show” later this year.

Stewart reportedly let the news slip at the taping of Tuesday’s episode.

The cable network sent out an official statement confirming the host’s announcement and said that the satirical news show won’t end with Stewart’s departure. No specific date has been given for Stewart’s departure.

“For the better part of the last two decades, we have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Steward. 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 is 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,m generous with his time and taken, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”

When he took a leave of absence in 2013 to work on his film “Rosewater,” former correspondent John Oliver took over the anchor chair for eight weeks to much acclaim. Because of that, Oliver is now the host of his own popular comedy news show on HBO, “Last Week Tonight.”

Billed as “the most trusted name in fake news,” Stewart has been “The Daily Show’s” biting and irreverent host since 1999.

With Stewart behind the desk, “The Daily Show” has won 19 Emmys, including 10 straight award wins for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series from 2003 to 2012.

He co-created “The Colbert Report” that featured former comedic correspondent Stephen Colbert as a blowhard conservative commentator. Besides Colbert, “The Daily Show” has been a jumping-off point for many of today’s comedic talents who have gone on to their own success, like Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Olivia Munn, Kristen Schaal, Rob Corddry, Rob Riggle, Mo Rocca and Larry Wilmore, who currently hosts “The Nightly Show” that’s right after Stewart’s show.

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