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Jon Stewart Quits 'The Daily Show,' Comedy Central Confirms

Jon Stewart told his audience that he's stepping down from Comedy Central's The Daily Show by the end of this year, when his contract expires.

The Daily Show is a late-night talk and news satire television program which airs on Comedy Central. The show is known to have a "fake newscast" with a cast of "correspondents" who riff on the day's headlines.

Comedy Central sent out an official statement confirming the news earlier on Twitter, and they said Stewart will remain with The Daily Show until later this year. The statement also says that the show will “endure for years to come.” 

"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."

The Daily Show's  Twitter account tweeted out earlier, "Tonight! For once, you wanna stay through the interview."

Stewart replaced Craig Kilborn in 1999 on The Daily Show. The show has since become popular and successful in cable television since Stewart became the host. It's unclear what's next for Stewart.