Well, that just happened. Jon Stewart announced at the taping of The Daily Show today that he’s leaving at the end of the year, which means he might not cover the 2016, which means I better find a way to deliver four Entenmann’s devil food cakes to each of my friends because they will need to eat their feelings tonight. He took over as host from Craig Kilborn in 1999.
Jon didn’t say what he’s doing next, but my guess is that he’s going after Brian Williams’ spot. Jon Stewart probably leaked that puppy in a fire story to the media to smear Brian Williams some more. The shame! That dog in the picture knows what’s up and doesn’t like it. Here’s the statement from Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless:
“For the better part of the last two decades, I 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.”
And may the replacement rumors begin! My pick is this comic genius:
I mean, it only makes sense. Nancy Grace is the Queen of News Satire! What she does is satire, right?
UPDATE: And here’s Jon casually dropping the news to an audience who is probably dying inside: