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Jon Stewart Announces He’s Leaving The Daily Show

Jon Stewart reportedly announced at today’s taping of The Daily Show that he is officially stepping down from the late night desk after hosting the Comedy Central program for 16 years.

People who were at the taping posted the news on social media:

Guys!!! #jonstewart is leaving he show!!! Just saw the live taping!!!! #sosad

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And then it was confirmed:

Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless released this statement:

“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.”

Update- 7:06 pm EST: Both The Daily Show and tonight’s guest David Axelrod tweeted about the big news:

[h/t AV Club]
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