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Jon Stewart Leaving "The Daily Show"

Martin Crook
Comedy Central

Jon Stewart announced at Tuesday's taping of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" that he will be leaving the show he's hosted since 1999. The network confirmed the announcement with a statement released on the network's twitter account after the news started to spread on Twitter.

Stewart took over the program from original host Craig Kilborn, and turned the parody news program into one of the most influential pop-culture programs, winning Emmy and Peabody awards.

In a statement (below) the network stated that Stewart will leave the anchor chair "later this year".

Credit Comedy Central