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Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show' this year

Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show' this year

Jon Stewart will step down as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” this year, ending a 16-year run that changed the way Americans view the news.

Stewart, 52, made the announcement to his studio audience as he recorded Tuesday night’s show 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 helping influence the media elites he frequently pilloried.

“In my heart I know it's time for someone else to have the opportunity,” Stewart said. “I dont have any specific plans. ... I’ve got a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night...

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