Jon Stewart is leaving political comedy The Daily Show after some 16 years.
Stewart announced he would exit later this year during the taping of Tuesday’s show.
It wasn’t immediately clear what his next move will be.
“For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said in a statement.
“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.
“Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”
Stewart became anchor in 1999, taking a show that Craig Kilborn began. The show has received 50 Emmy nominations and won 15, launching Stephen Colbert into The Colbert Report.