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Jon Stewart To Retire From ‘The Daily Show’

February 10, 2015
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By David Vienna

 

Jon Stewart, longtime host of the The Daily Show, told an audience he’s leaving the show. Confirmed by an official release from Comedy Central, Stewart will retire later this year.

There’s no word on who might replace him and anyone who does has some incredible shoes to fill. Though not the original host (that distinction belongs to Craig Kilborn), Stewart and his staff made the show we know today. From the host’s chair, he championed rationality and intelligence, and held news organizations to the high standard we all should, calling out mistakes and fear mongering.

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He was solely responsible for the demise of CNN’s Crossfire—a show he loathed—and he used his position to draw attention to the plight of military veterans as well as first responders who suffered health problems after responding to the 9/11 attacks.

And above all, he’s funny. In a world with a seemingly endless flow of bad news, he could bring levity to nearly any story. And when he deemed something too tragic to laugh at, we agreed.

He took time off last year to direct the film Rosewater. We don’t know what the future has in store for Stewart after this year. But, we think the timing couldn’t be better…

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