News broke late Tuesday afternoon of Jon Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show,” as audience members took to social media when they couldn’t hold in their emotions any longer. Stewart struggled to keep it together as well, it turns out, with a comparative amount of success. At the end of last night’s broadcast, the long-time host of Comedy Central’s late night tentpole announced his plans to sign off from the program sometime this year.
“In my heart, I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity,” Stewart said when first breaking the news. “This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you. I don’t think I’m going to miss being on television every day. I’m going to miss coming here every day. I love the people here. They are the best.”
Stewart said he had “no plans” for what he would do next — though he joked about making a rare appearance with his family — and also said no exact departure date has been set. He had talked his decision over with executives at Comedy Central and will continue to do so, speculating an end date between July and December.
“It’s been an absolute privilege,” Stewart said in closing. “It’s been the honor of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it. For hate watching it. Whatever reason you were tuning in for — you get in this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view and something to express. To receive feedback from that is the greatest feeling you can ask for, and I thank you for that.”
Watch Stewart’s announcement in full below.