Yesterday I woke to wonderful news about Spider-Man, while today the first piece of news I read is not that great…. Jon Stewart announced last night that he’ll be leaving The Daily Show sometime this year, which was then confirmed by Comedy Central.
Doug Herzog and Michele Ganeless gave me an incredible opportunity 17 years ago to pilot this wonderful franchise and 17 years is the longest I have ever in my life held a job by 16 years and five months. Thank you. The upshot there being, I am a terrible employee. In my heart I know, it is time for someone else to have that opportunity … Not right away, we’re still working out details, I’m up in September, might be December or July, I don’t have a lot of specific plans, I’ve got a lot of ideas, a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people. I’m not going to be here and try to sum up what this place has meant to be over the years, I couldn’t do that, we’ve got plenty of time and I’ve got myriad of people to thank… but this show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you. I don’t think I’m going to miss being on TV every day, I’m going to miss coming here every day. I love the people here, they’re the best, they’re collaborative and they’re kind… I love them and respect them so much.
It’s been an absolute privilege. The honor of my professional life. I thank you for watching it, for hate watching it whatever reason you’re turning in for. You get in this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view and something to express. And to receive feedback from that is the greatest feeling I can ask for and I thank you.
Jon Stewart has helmed The Daily Show since 1999, making it an outstanding and reference program, which produced several great comedic figures we see nowadays, such as Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell or John Oliver. I’ve been watching the show sporadically for years, but began following daily since last year and I can honestly say that it’s a huge lost, in my opinion.
Comedy Central also announced that The Daily Show will still exist, with someone else on that chair. I say it’s going to be tough to find someone who can fill the shoes that have been there for 17 years, though I’m certain that they can find someone amazing, specially if they look within the great team that the show already had.