NEW YORK -- In a move that’ll be as sharply felt in the UK as in the US, Jon Stewart has announced that he is to leave The Daily Show. The host said he would step down after 15 years during the recording on Tuesday evening. Stewart said he will end his run later this year.
Tonight! For once, you wanna stay through the interview.— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 11, 2015
Stewart has helmed the nightly comedy offering since 1999, becoming an increasingly influential voice within American political culture, covering events as disparate as the September 11 attacks to the recent revelations of NSA spying.
Comedy Central posted the following tweet, confirming the news:
Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015
In a 2009 poll, Stewart was voted one of the most trusted names in American media. The 52-year-old has coloured much of his Daily Show tenure as a staunch critic of mainstream media, particularly Fox News.
Congratulations to Jon Stewart on an extraordinary groundbreaking run.— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) February 11, 2015
Perhaps Stewart's most famous appearance as The Daily Show host came in 2004, when he appeared as a guest on the CNN debate Crossfire. The comedian savaged the programme’s right-versus-left format, bickering with host Tucker Carlson for abrogating his responsibility to hold politicians feet to the fire. The clip went viral, leading to the cancellation of Crossfire just a few months later.
Here's that clip followed by Stewart's opening monologue following the attacks of September 11th, 2001:
So, we have to navigate the poop-dipped trainwreck of the 2016 election WITHOUT Jon Stewart hosting @TheDailyShow? Hmmm...— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 11, 2015