Jon Stewart retiring from "The Daily Show"

Despite Stewart's looming departure, Comedy Central says show will “endure for years to come”

Published February 11, 2015 12:13AM (EST)

Longtime "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart reportedly made the surprise announcement today that he's leaving the program.

Comedy Central confirmed his departure with the following statement, released via Twitter:

"For the better part of the last two decades, we 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."

By Salon Staff

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