You knew it had to come to an end at some point. Jon Stewart couldn’t host The Daily Show forever, after all. But one could hope. The A.V. Club reports that the longtime host let slip to the studio audience his plan to retire from the show during Tuesday’s taping.
Comedy Central confirmed the news with a statement from network president Michele Ganeless (via the Verge):
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.