Jon Stewart plans to step aside as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" later this year, ending a 16-year run that changed the way Americans view the news.
Stewart, 52, made the announcement at the end of his show Tuesday in New York. Under his watch, "The Daily Show" navigated new frontiers in comedy and journalism. He tweaked newsmakers and news organizations with equal relish, along the way influencing the media elites he frequently pilloried.
"In my heart I know it's time for someone else to have the opportunity," Stewart told viewers. "This show doesn't deserve any even slightly restless host, and neither do you."