After 16 years of hosting The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has made the decision to move on. In an interview with The Guardian, he said that the show was no longer giving him the same satisfaction it used to.
His sudden announcement in February was met with an outcry in the U.S. as he is claimed to hold a dear place in the heart of American cultural and political scenes.
Stewart has been distinguished as the voice of U.S. liberalism, and seen by many as one of the most influential figures in U.S. television news.
His upcoming departure has been likened to Oprah Winfrey’s exit from her show in 2011 to which Stewart said “If Oprah can leave and the world still spins, I honestly think it will survive me.”
At 52, Stewart has decided that he wants to spend more time with wife and children and perhaps pursue his new interest in the directorial role.
He told The Guardian that the upcoming 2016 elections acted as a motivation for him to leave the show, saying “I’d covered an election four times, and it didn’t appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one.”
In October 2014, his directorial debut premiered at the London Film Festival with a movie titled “Rosewater”, presenting the true story of Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned and tortured in 2009 after sending footage of street riots to the BBC.
“Rosewater” is set to be released on the May 8 this year.
Meanwhile, is not leaving the show just yet. He plans to stay on The Daily Show for the next few months, and then hand over his responsibilities to Trevor Noah, a South African comedian who he describes as “incredibly thoughtful, considerate and funny.”