Jon Stewart is leaving ‘The Daily Show’

After 15-plus years behind the desk, Jon Stewart is stepping down from The Daily Show.

Early reports Tuesday cited audience members who had been in attendance to hear Stewart’s announcement during The Daily Show’s Tuesday taping.

Guys!!! #jonstewart is leaving he show!!! Just saw the live taping!!!! #sosad

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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.”

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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.

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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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Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.