Early reports Tuesday cited audience members who had been in attendance to hear Stewart’s announcement during The Daily Show’s Tuesday taping.
— Jonathan Reyes (@Jonathan2Reyes) February 10, 2015
It didn’t take long for Comedy Central to confirm the news, effectively ending hours of speculation leading up to Tuesday night’s broadcast. Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless praised Stewart in her statement, saying that “his comedic brilliance is second to none.”
Stewart will step down later this year, although he has yet to announce his final show. People are already choosing to commemorate the longtime host, along with ample suggestions for his replacement.
Jon Stewart has been, among many other things, one of the finest media critics of this era.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 10, 2015
my timeline is approximately 90% Jon Stewart reax, 5% media twitter inside baseball, 4% Yemen, and 1% Kanye
my timeline is perfect
— Robert Caruso (@robertcaruso) February 11, 2015
Jon Stewart has done more to engage next generation in the news than any other single person.
— Patricia Cohen (@PatcohenNYT) February 11, 2015
reminder: jon stewart is not dying
— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) February 10, 2015
— WWE (@WWE) February 11, 2015
His announcement comes in the midst of a late-night shift. Stephen Colbert just ended his reign at The Colbert Report back in December. Larry Wilmore took over Colbert’s time slot with The Nightly Show. Craig Ferguson left The Late Late Show in December. David Letterman is set to retire in May.
Update 6:42pm CT, Feb. 10: Comedy Central will reportedly continue the show with a new host.
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