Although Jon Stewart hinted at leaving his post prior, we’ve known since February that the host is moving on from The Daily Show. However, during Monday’s episode, Stewart officially announced when he will be retiring from Comedy Central’s late night series. The good news? Stewart will be sticking around for several months still. The bad news? He’s officially out the door after the August 6 episode.
While Letterman’s retirement has been a nostalgic affair, Jon Stewart has been a whole lot more practical about the event. He’s even doing a giveaway for a trip to witness his final show. For the next 40 days, fans can enter the giveaway to be flown to New York City for the final taping of The Daily Show. Along with the date and the giveaway, Stewart had the following to say about his final show.
I will be wearing a suit. I will more than likely be showered… I’m sorry, I’ll be wearing overalls and I won’t shower… So I hope that you will join us for that program.
News broke that Stewart would be leaving via a Comedy Central announcement, but the comedian's announcement on the show later that evening was delivered with a lot more panache. The man explained his current state of mind and that he was restless on the series, noting that the audience deserves a host who is wholly engaged.
After a lengthy search, The Daily Show eventually hired newbie correspondent Trevor Noah to take over the long-running series. That announcement was made less than a month ago, and while we don’t know when The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will become a reality, it should happen just a short time after Jon Stewart leaves his post. We’ll let you know as more details about Trevor Noah’s tenure break. In the meantime, you can check out the full—and very cheeky—announcement from Stewart, below.
Comedy Central’s The Daily Show airs Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. ET. Since Stewart officially took over as host in 1999, it has grown in acclaim and popularity, to the point where it's now one of the longest running and most famous talk shows on television. There's no way to know where Trevor Noah might take it when he officially takes over, but hopefully, he'll choose to go in a new direction that works with his style.
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