As if Stephen Colbert ending The Colbert Report wasn’t bad enough, Jon Stewart on Tuesday night announced that he is retiring as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart… which obviously won’t be called “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for much longer. Stewart joined the show as its host in 1999, having taken over for Craig Kilborn.

In Tuesday’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart began the long process of saying his goodbyes.

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52-year-old Stewart was the host of a show that was an obvious satire, but also managed to be sobering when it had to be. One of my own personal favorite moments was when Stewart absolutely decimated Mad Money host Jim Cramer in 2009 following the financial collapse.

That interview is split into three parts, and all three are embedded below:



Stewart’s job was very important at times, and he did it remarkably well.

He will continue to do that job well until sometime later this year. In fact, Stewart himself still doesn’t know exactly when he will retire. “It’s not right away,” he said during Tuesday evening’s show. “We’re still working out details. I’m up in September but it might be July, September, December.”

As they say, all good things must come to an end.

“It’s been an absolute privilege,” Stewart professed to conclude his goodbyes last night. “It’s been the honor of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it. For hate-watching it. Whatever reason you were tuning in for. You get in this business with the idea that maybe you have a point of view and something to express. To receive feedback from that is the greatest feeling you can ask for, and I thank you for that.”

The close of last night’s Daily Show can be seen in the following video:

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