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Jon Stewart Breaks The News To His Audience That He's Leaving: VIDEO

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As we reported yesterday, Jon Stewart will be stepping down from his post as host of The Daily Show after 17 years in the job, which in an emotional address to his audience during yesterday's taping Stewart joked was the longest job he had ever had by 16 years and 5 months.

Stewart signaled that he would not be leaving immediately and that his official and final departure could come anywhere between July and December of this year. He said while he wasn't sure what the future would hold for him he had a lot of ideas about what he might do next, the least of which not being spending time with his family which he quipped are reportedly "lovely people" according to "multiples sources."

Stewart added, 

You get in this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view and something to express and to receive feedback from that is the greatest feeling I can ask for and I thank you.

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Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart will leave his post as host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central after over 15 years on the late night show that uniquely blended political satire with journalism and brought a critical eye to the Iraq War, the Tea Party and the media.

StewartStewart announced that he would leave the show at Tuesday's taping, saying viewers deserve more than a "slightly restless host," according to a Tweet from CBS News. Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless said:

“For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. 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.”

The Huffington Post adds:

The show is Comedy Central's longest running program other than South Park. At its peak, "The Daily Show" boasted over 3 million nightly viewers. It has won 19 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and inspired three popular spin-offs: "The Colbert Report," "Last Week Tonight," and "The Nightly Show."

Speculation has already begun as to who will be Stewart's replacement. It has not yet been announced when Stewart will officially step down. 


Brian Williams Has a Simple Case of 'Infotainment Confusion Syndrome', Says Jon Stewart: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart has figured out what happened to Brian Williams, diagnosing him with a case of "Infotainment Confusion Syndrome."

"It occurs when the celebrity cortex gets its wires crossed with the medulla anchor-dalla."

Stewart also looks at the media mob which has come for Williams and is finally exercising some real skepticism:

"Finally someone is being held to account for misleading America about the Iraq war!"

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Jon Stewart, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert #breaktheinternet With Sultry #TBT Instagram Post

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Quick hashtag linguistics lesson for the uninitiated: #TBT stands for "Throwback Thursday", and accompanies pictures and videos of yesteryear for reminiscing and, more often, mockery; #breaktheinternet is referencing some bit of news, usually trivial, that inexplicably drives massive amounts of traffic and attention, Kim Kardashian's ass on the cover of Paper being one of the more recent examples.

All caught up? Good.

Yesterday the Instagram account for The Daily Show decided to try their hand at breaking the internet with a Throwback Thursday video from the golden years of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell. The video features seduction, saxophone music, and an utter absence of shirts.

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Jon Stewart Mocks the 'Mindful Stupidity' of the Anti-Vaxxers: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart took a look last night at the measles outbreak and the anti-vaxxers who refuse to immunize their children, leaving everyone else at risk:

"This is Marin County! They're not ignorant! They practice a mindful stupidity! If they want to get rid of measles they'll just steam them out of their vaginas. Look, California, if your crazy wellness ideas only affected you I'd be fine with that. Have all the organic fair trade espresso enemas you want. That's just something between you and what I assume is your incredibly awake and raring to go rectum. But your choice puts other people in jeopardy!"

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Jon Stewart Talks To A Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp About Mike Huckabee's Biblical Intolerance Of Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart and his staff were left at the altar Monday night when the Defense Department decided to reverse a policy Stewart and the show were planning to report on as they went to air. With a whole opening segment to fill, Stewart wondered where to turn. Then he remembered that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is on a book tour for his new tome God, Grits and Gravy and could surely be relied upon to dole out some crazy worth skewering. Stewart's calculation was correct.

After first lampooning Huckabee's outrage over professional women in New York who use the "f-bomb" in professional settings, something that would never happen in the South in the Midwest of course, Stewart went to town on Huckabee's most recent comments on same-sex marriage. Huckabee said that asking Christian bakeries who oppose same-sex marriage to provide wedding cakes to same-sex couples is “like asking a Jewish deli to serve bacon-wrapped shrimp.” Stewart was quick to point out the W-T-F inherent in Huckabee's comments:

“Not all Jews own a deli. Some of us, and I say this with respect, some of us are lawyers who represent deli owners. But more important, that analogy makes no f--king sense. No one is forcing you to get metaphorically married to the Biblical abomination that is this bacon wrapped shrimp.”

Stewart then interviewed a very emotional bacon-wrapped shrimp about the painful toll intolerance wreaks on the oppressed and marginalized.

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