Stewart said that he knew in his heart the time is right for someone else to have the opportunity he had on the show and later admitted that he had no any specific plans after his departure.
“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you” Stewart admitted to his audience yesterday.
Comedy Central is now searching for a new replacement host.
Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless gave credit to Stewart’s great contributions in comedy and late night television.
“His comedic brilliance is second to none.”
Stewart had an uncanny ability of explaining the news in a relaxed, satirical style that wove together pop culture and politics.
Over the past 16 years on the program, Stewart was a media critic who helped to spur a national discussion about a variety of important current events.
“The Daily Show” often appealed to a younger audience that grew tired of listening to mainstream news and looked to Stewart for unraveling the news in a style that was easy to digest.
Interviews were held with celebrities, politicians, and news anchors.
Fox News and conservative talk show hosts were often Stewart’s targets on “The Daily Show” while he seamlessly offered a platform for progressive ideas to be debated and explored.
“The Daily Show” won 19 Emmy awards since Stewart has been on the show in 1999.
Stewart is also a writer and co-executive producer of “The Daily Show.”
In December Comedy Central saw the departure of Steven Colbert who will take over David Letterman’s Late Night Show on CBS after he steps down in May.