Jon Stewart, the comedian who turned Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ into a sharp-edged nightly commentary on the news, the people behind it and the media reporting (and sometimes misreporting) it, said on Tuesday that he would step down from the program after more than 16 years as its anchor,” reports The New York Times.
Stewart will depart sometime before the end of the year. He has not publicly said when. His contract ends in September, according to our good friend Gary Levin at USA Today.
Levin adds, “Stewart, 52, had been hinting at his restlessness while promoting ‘Rosewater,’ his directorial debut, last fall, telling NPR he’d never find another job he’s as well suited for. ‘That being said, I think there are moments when you realize that that’s not enough anymore, or maybe it’s time for some discomfort.’”