No really, where are we supposed to get our daily news? Last we checked Last Week Tonight With John Oliver only airs once per week.
It was a sad, sad day for politcos, satirists and overall fans of Jon Stewart on Tuesday when The Daily Show host confirmed rumblings that he’s stepping down from the post he’s held for the last 17 years.
“Seventeen years is the longest I have ever in my life held a job … by 16 year and five months,” the host told his audience in between grumbling like “Frankenstein” to try and hold back tears. “In my heart I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity. Not right away. We’re still working out details. I’m up in September. It might be December. Might be July.”
So in other words, the countdown until the award-winning host leaves is on. We suppose once you grab 20 Emmys, there’s just no challenge in it anymore? Stewart did confirm in his announcement that he has plenty of ideas swirling around in his head, but no solid plans just yet.
“I’m going to have dinner with my family on a school night, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people,” he deadpanned before turning humble again. “I’m not going to be here and try to sum up what this place has meant to me over the years, I couldn’t do that. We’ve got plenty of time, I’m not going anywhere tomorrow. This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host. And neither do you.”
We suppose it’s hard to argue with that. After all, when he started the show he was a strapping young brunette, not the silver fox host we know and love today. Still, in the words of Anna Kendrick, we’re gonna miss him when he’s gone.
We won’t be the only ones.
Liberal media conspiracy! On the same night Brian Williams is suspended – Jon Stewart quits! Clearly Williams is taking over The Daily Show!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) February 11, 2015
I’m proud to have called him my boss, and feel lucky to call him my friend. Can’t wait for Jon Stewart 2.0. — oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) February 11, 2015
jon stewart, thx for all you’ve done to make us think, learn, and laugh — Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 11, 2015
— Jorge Garcia (@jorgegarcia) February 11, 2015
The speculation as to who will replace Stewart when he does step down is well underway. Over the years the host has cultivated tons of talent through The Daily Show, including Craig Kilborn, Ed Helms, Olivia Munn and of course Stephen Colbert, who will be taking over Late Night from David Letterman this September.
Watch Stewart’s announcement, and tell us in the comments below who you think should replace him.