Jon Stewart Sets August 6 As Departure Date From ‘Daily Show’

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Jon Stewart now has a firm departure date from Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” The comic announced on Monday’s broadcast of the program that he will leave the show after its August 6th broadcast.

The disclosure paves the way for the show’s new host, Trevor Noah, and suggests that Stewart will not hang around as candidates start to make announcements this year about running in the 2016 election for U.S. President.Stewart had said previously that he would continue to do the program until some time between July and the end of 2015.

Stewart made the announcement at the very end of the evening’s broadcast, just before rolling the program’s signature “Moment of Zen” final segment. He offered few details about what he might do for his final broadcast, but did reiterate a contest that would give a viewer the chance to attend the program’s last taping.

Stewart’s announcement sets the stage for Trevor Noah, a South African comic who has hosted a late-night program in that country, to take the reins of the series. Noah is a relative unknown in the United States and has already come under scrutiny for a series of controversial tweets made in past years that were discovered on social media after Comedy Central announced him as Stewart’s heir.

The Viacom-owned network and Stewart have both come out in support of Noah, urging audiences to give him a chance before passing judgement on his humor.

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  1. Unfortunate he is leaving the show. Always was good for a laugh.

  2. Paul Jacinto says:

    I’m still not certain what Comedy Central is doing with its two late shows. Is it some sort of sociological experiment? Having two black comedians on their main shows, with one of them not even being American, makes no sense rating wise. I don’t see this being a success.

  3. It’ll be sad to see him go, but I’ve got little question that Noah will do a fine job given the time to settle in

  4. morganzee says:

    Kara – You should be able to see The Daily Show online, as well as other Comedy Central shows.

  5. Morag says:

    Trevor Noah is a hilarious and brilliant young man!! I have followed his comedy for quit some time!! Couldn’t be more excited he’s taking over!!

  6. Kara Bismarck says:

    Mr. Stewart, your intelligence, wit and sardonic humor will be missed. However, I already miss them, as I have moved to Arizona, and apparently they do not believe comedy is important and we no longer have the Comedy Channel. I would certainly give your new gentleman a try, had I the chance to do so.

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