Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show later this year. Stewart announced the decision while he taped Tuesday night’s show. Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless later confirmed it was true, saying, “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.”
Stewart started as the anchor on the show in 1999, replacing Craig Kilborn. According to Time, since Stewart started helming the show, ratings skyrocketed 400%. With 50 Emmy nominations and 15 wins, the show also launched Stephen Colbert, who began as a Daily Show correspondent and segued into hosting The Colbert Report.