Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show' departure: I didn't want to cover 2016 election

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Less 'Satisfaction': Why Jon Stewart Is Leaving 'Daily Show'

Jon Stewart is offering more explanation for his decision to retire from the Daily Show.

The Comedy Central series' host of 17 years told The Guardian that there was no big moment that pushed him to leave the show.

"It's not like I thought the show wasn't working anymore, or that I didn't know how to do it. It was more, 'Yup, it's working. But I'm not getting the same satisfaction,' " he said. "These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it, and it's OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that's when you realize, 'OK, I'm on the back side of it now.' "

26 PHOTOS
Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah
See Gallery
Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show' departure: I didn't want to cover 2016 election
EXCLUSIVE - Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
BURBANK, CA - JANUARY 06: Comedian Trevor Noah performs on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at NBC Studios on January 6, 2012 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - Trevor Noah arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Episode 4177 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Trevor Noah talks with Bryan Branly backstage on January 6, 2012 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: New Host of 'The Daily Show' Trevor Noah on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Thursday Sept. 17, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
Trevor Noah poses for a portrait at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4177 -- Pictured: Comedian Trevor Noah performs on January 6, 2012 -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11: Trevor Noah attends the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyer at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on September 11, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Dominic Barnardt/Gallo Images/Getty Images for MTV)
US President Barack Obama and host Jon Stewart speak during a break in the live taping of Comedy Central’s 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on October 18, 2012 in New York. This is the second appearence on the satirical show by President Obama. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Steve Buscemi and Jon Stewart speak onstage at Comedy Central Night Of Too Many Stars at Beacon Theatre on February 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: (L-R) Jason Jones, Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, and Aasif Mandvi attend The Night Of Too Many Start Live Telethon on March 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" panel at the Viacom Networks 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 11:Trevor Noah attends the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyer at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on September 11, 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Justin Barlow/Gallo Images/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Chris Rock (L) and Jon Stewart perform on stage at Comedy Central Night Of Too Many Stars at Beacon Theatre on February 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Jon Stewart and Paul Rudd speak onstage at Comedy Central Night Of Too Many Stars at Beacon Theatre on February 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
Trevor Noah arrives at the 2015 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 15: Jimmy Fallon and Trevor Noah attend Apollo in the Hamptons 2015 at The Creeks on August 15, 2015 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Apollo)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: John Oliver (L) and Jon Stewart perform on stage at Comedy Central Night Of Too Many Stars at Beacon Theatre on February 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 28: Steve Carell (L) Jon Stewart perform on stage at Comedy Central Night Of Too Many Stars at Beacon Theatre on February 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Jon Stewart attends 'Rosewater' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Jon Stewart performs onstage at The New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation present the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Congressman Joaquin Castro and host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
Lee Roth/STAR MAX/IPx 9/19/04 Jon Stewart at the "56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards". (Los Angeles, CA)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 28: Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Stewart, who announced his departure on the show's Feb. 10 episode, also wasn't thrilled about the prospect of reporting on the 2016 presidential election. "I'd covered an election four times, and it didn't appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one," he said.

In addition, he pointed out that the election is a good way to introduce viewers to new host Trevor Noah. "I also felt that, for the show, you don't want to leave when the cupboard's bare," Stewart explained. "So I think it's a better introduction when you have something providing you with assisted fuel, like a presidential campaign. But really, the value of this show is so much deeper than my contribution."

As for where he's headed, Stewart, who directed 2014 film Rosewater, said he has "a couple of other projects on the burner" and is hoping to work on future big-screen projects.

He added about his impending departure: "Honestly, the country will survive."

Email: Ryan.Gajewski@THR.com
Twitter: @_RyanGajewski

More from AOL.com:
Ratajkowski leaves little to the imagination
LA Kings' Jarret Stoll busted for drugs in Vegas
ICYMI: Watch the new 'Star Wars' trailer
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners