Comedian Jon Stewart, famed for his biting television satire of politicians and the media, will leave Comedy Central’s parody newscast The Daily Show later this year, the cable network said Tuesday.
Stewart, 52, has hosted the late-night cable program since 1999.
The network has yet to name a replacement for Stewart, Reuters reported.
There was no immediate explanation for his departure, and it was not clear whether the comedian was moving to another network.
The announcement came after Comedy Central’s other big name, former Daily Show contributor Stephen Colbert, ended his tenure as host of the companion show, The Colbert Report, and left the network in December.
Colbert will succeed David Letterman, who is retiring in May, as host of the Late Show on CBS.
The Daily Show averages slightly more than one million viewers a night, a much smaller audience than his late-night competition on broadcast networks, but Stewart has become disproportionately influential in US politics and culture.
His lampooning of elected and would-be office-holders, broadcast journalists and other public figures, especially on the conservative end of the spectrum, has made him a darling of the political left.
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