Jon Stewart is stepping down from The Daily Show after 16 years in the anchor chair, Entertainment Weekly reports. Stewart broke the news during the taping for tonight's show. Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless also released the following statement, confirming the host's departure:
"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. 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."
More details to come, including Stewart's last day. But in the meantime, might we suggest these female comedians fit to fill his great, big shoes?
Update, 2/11: Jon Stewart announced his retirement at the end of Tuesday evening's episode, and as expected, it was funny and emotional and will make strange liquid well up in your eyes. Watch his message here. *sniffle*
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