NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Late-night funny man Jon Stewart is stepping down from his role as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."
Stewart announced the news Tuesday during a taping of the day's show. The move was confirmed by the network in a tweeted statement.
"For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart," the statement read. "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."
Thank you Jon. pic.twitter.com/yPdxjnkuLw— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) February 10, 2015
Stewart took over hosting duties for the political humor show in 1999 from Craig Kilborn. The show started in 1996.