After 16 years, Jon Stewart has sadly announced he is stepping down as host of The Daily Show.
The Comedy Central star, 52, broke the news during a new episode taping on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
"Seventeen years is the longest I have ever in my life held a job by 16 years and five months," he told the live studio audience. "The upshot there being, I am a terrible employee. But in my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity."
Jon on 'The Daily Show' in August 2004. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"It's been an absolute privilege [to host this show]. It's been the honor of my professional life. And I thank you for watching it. For hate-watching it. Whatever reason you were tuning in for. You get in this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view and something to express, and to receive feedback from that is the greatest feeling you could ask for, and I thank you," he added.
Following his announcement, the network president, Michele Ganeless, confirmed his departure.
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"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," she said. "He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."
John will "remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year," Ganeless explained. An exact date for his official exit has not yet been confirmed.
The star began hosting 'The Daily Show' in 1999 after Craig Kilborn left the program to replace Tom Snyder on 'The Late Late Show.'
Watch the video of Jon announcing his departure below.
Ganeless confirmed this news to 'Us Weekly.'
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