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Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show'

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Comedy Central confirmed Tuesday night that Jon Stewart is leaving "The Daily Show."

In a tweeted announcement, Comedy Central said that Stewart will remain with the show "until later this year." He's hosted the popular fake-news show for 17 years.

"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," Comedy Central said, in the statement. "He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."

David Axelrod noted that he is a guest on Tuesday's show, where Stewart announces his pending departure.

"The Daily Show" tweeted, "Tonight! For once, you wanna stay through the interview."

Stewart's departure follows another high-profile loss for the cable channel. Stephen Colbert's popular "The Colbert Report," itself a spinoff of "The Daily Show," went dark late last year. Colbert will take over the "Late Show" this spring.

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