NEW YORK (AP) – Jon Stewart says Aug. 6 will be his last night hosting Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”
Stewart set the date in the closing moments of Monday’s edition of the parody newscast. With tongue in cheek, he promised to wear a suit for that finale, and to shower beforehand. Then he recanted, saying he would be clad in overalls and skip the shower.
The network said “The Daily Show” will then go on hiatus for the rest of the summer.
Stewart’s finale will end a 16-year reign of sharp satire and ample silliness. He first broke the news of his planned departure in February.
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His successor will be South African comedian Trevor Noah, a recent addition to the stable of “Daily Show” correspondents. No start date for Noah has been announced.