Jon Stewart Leaving The Daily Show After 16 Years as Host

Jon Stewart is leaving Comedy Central's The Daily Show after 16 years as host Credit: Martin Crook

Say it isn't so! Jon Stewart announced on Tuesday, Feb. 10, that he's leaving The Daily Show after 16 years as host, Us Weekly can confirm.

The Comedy Central star apparently broke the news during a taping of his Tuesday night episode. Network president Michele Ganeless confirmed his departure in a statement. 

"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," Ganeless told Us in her statement.

"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," the statement continued. "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."

Ganeless noted that Stewart would "remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year," though an exact date for his exit was not given. She added: "He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."

Stewart took over as host of the satirical news program in 1999. It was previously hosted by Craig Kilborn.