Just when you thought your day was going great, the world drops some sad news on us. In what is a pretty big surprise and a resounding bummer, Jon Stewart has abruptly announced that he will be stepping down from The Daily Show. According to A.V. Club, Stewart broke the news of his retirement to the audience at the taping of tonight’s episode. Many conjecture that the move is made in light of his recent turn as a serious director with Rosewater, but details regarding his departure are sparse as of yet.
Comedy Central released a statement confirming Stewart’s announcement shortly after, thanking him for his 17 years as host and stating that Stewart will end his hosting duties later on in the year. Though the statement says The Daily Show “will endure for years to come” it’s not entirely clear if that means the show will continue without Stewart or if Comedy Central is simply saying that no future similar shows will be able to match The Daily Show‘s impact on the media. The full statement from Comedy Central is below:
For the better part of the last two decades, we 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.
In other news, we also released a statement confirming we will be locked in our rooms curled up in the fetal position, sobbing uncontrollably. Much love for the veteran host of The Daily Show and best of luck.