Comedy Central: Jon Stewart leaving ‘The Daily Show’

This Oct. 18, 2012 file photo shows host Jon Stewart during a taping of "The Daily Show with John Stewart", in New York. Comedy Central says Jon Stewart will take a break from "The Daily Show" starting in June to direct and produce his first feature film. Stewart will be directing and producing "Rosewater" from his own script based on a memoir by Maziar Bahari. This Iranian journalist was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government in 2009 while covering Iran's presidential election. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – 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.

 

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