[Update: Watch Jon Stewart announce his retirement from The Daily Show.]
At the end of 2013, John Oliver left his stint at The Daily Show for Last Week Tonight on HBO, then, at the end of last year, Stephen Colbert left his post-Daily Show time-slot for CBS’s Late Show. However, everything seemed normal concerning the man of the hour, Jon Stewart… until now.
As of today’s taping of Comedy Central’s famed faked news program, it was been confirmed that Stewart will be stepping down as host later this year.
For now, the only thing we know is Stewart will be exiting the show in the coming months. However, we do not know the exact date of that exit. It could happen in May, at the end of the television season, or it could happen in December, at the end of the calendar year.
Currently, it appears Stewart’s leaving will not in turn cancel the show itself – as was the case with Colbert. Instead, all eyes are pointing towards Stewart finding a successor to his chair, but the question of who that would be remains a mystery. In addition, it’s currently unknown if the man would retain his executive producer status on Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show. To this day, The Daily Show has remained one of Comedy Central’s most consistent performers in the ratings, and as such, it has been able to lead-off the network’s late-night block that includes the newly formed Nightly, as well as Chris Hardwick’s @Midnight.
In the last 15 years, many Daily Show alums have gone on to bigger things such as Steve Carell, Ed Helms and Rob Riggle. So, it’s no surprise Stewart finally sees that it may be time to pass the torch on to someone new. But it remains unknown what he would do next. The comedian still does stand-up around the New York area, so it’s possible he could take the Jay Leno route and tour for a while. And, while Rosewater didn’t perform huge at the box-office, it was proof the man could direct, so a future career as a feature film director is entirely possible.
Right now, we simply have more questions than we do answers. But it is a certainty now that the clock is ticking on Stewart’s time at the house he’s made famous for the last 15 years. So, until we know more, all we can do is sit back, take a beat and hope the man goes out as strong as he went in.
The Daily Show airs weeknights at 11pm on Comedy Central.
Source: The AV Club