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Jon Stewart to leave ‘The Daily Show’ anchor chair

In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, Jon Stewart, winner Outstanding Variety Series for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Comedy Central announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, that Stewart will will leave "The Daily Show" later this year.
In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, Jon Stewart, winner Outstanding Variety Series for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Comedy Central announced Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, that Stewart will will leave "The Daily Show" later this year. JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP

Comedian Jon Stewart, who has made a career out of making fun of the news, is calling it quits as host of The Daily Show after 16 years.

But that’s not the end of the show, according to Comedy Central, which confirmed the news of Stewart’s departure Tuesday on its official Twitter handle @ComedyCentral. Stewart is “a comic genius,” Comedy Central’s statement said, adding that Stewart will remain at the helm of the show until later this year. No successor was named.

“His comedic brilliance is second to none,” the release said. “Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparallelled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come.”

Stewart broke the news Tuesday during a taping in New York. And while he first sat in the anchor chair of The Daily Show in 1999, he has been with Comedy Central for the better part of the last two decades.

In 2013, he took a brief hiatus to direct Rosewater, which told the story of an Iranian-born journalist who was accused of being a spy and imprisoned in Tehran. No word on what’s next for Stewart, but Comedy Central says he “will always be part of the Comedy Central family.”

Jacqueline Charles

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