Stewart made the announcement to The Daily Show audience during Tuesday’s taping and word quickly spread through social media before Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless could get out her official statement praising Stewart’s “comedic brilliance.”
Here is a running list of what media figures and comedians are saying on Twitter (with plenty of Brian Williams jokes):
Tonight! For once, you wanna stay through the interview.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 11, 2015
Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015
Brian Williams to the Daily Show. Jon Stewart to Meet The Press. Chuck Todd To TODAY. Savannah To Nightly News.
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) February 10, 2015
Jon Stewart quitting? Good timing. He was beginning to be eclipsed by John Oliver. This way, he can leave on a high.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 10, 2015
Jon Stewart has been, among many other things, one of the finest media critics of this era.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 10, 2015
“I read that piece on advice for young journalists, and have decided to quit and become an accountant” – Official Statement from Jon Stewart
— samir mezrahi (@samir) February 10, 2015
Says it all that Jon Stewart leaving = bigger blow than any actual anchor leaving.
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) February 10, 2015
People at Team Hillary no doubt very disappointed about Jon Stewart news.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) February 10, 2015
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) February 10, 2015
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 11, 2015
Sorta hoping Jon Stewart is leaving to play minor league baseball and will be back in two years with Dennis Rodman in tow.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 11, 2015
— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) February 11, 2015
I can't imagine The Daily Show without Jon Stewart.
And yes, I remember it before Jon Stewart.
— jamilah (@JamilahLemieux) February 11, 2015
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) February 11, 2015
"Jon Stewart DESTROYS The Daily Show"
— andy levy (@andylevy) February 11, 2015
How rare. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert step down at the absolute top of their games.
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) February 11, 2015
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