Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show'

Comic genius who made newscasts lively for youngster world-wide declares he is leaving the show he hosted for 16 years

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This October 18, 2012 file photo shows US President Barack Obama (L) and host Jon Stewart (R) speaking during a break in the live taping of Comedy Central’s "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York.
This October 18, 2012 file photo shows US President Barack Obama (L) and host Jon Stewart (R) speaking during a break in the live taping of Comedy Central’s "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in New York.
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Comedy Central says that Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show as host later this year.

His departure was announced by Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless after Stewart broke the news to the audience at Tuesday’s taping in New York.

Stewart took over the show in 1999. He took a several months-long hiatus in 2013 to direct Rosewater, a film about an Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned for 118 days in Tehran and accused of being a spy.

The network lost another major host last year when Stephen Colbert left to take over David Letterman’s late night show on CBS.

Jon Stewart’s show took news satire to a new level

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