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THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0166 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Stewart during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 19, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Actor Gael Garcia Bernal (L) and director/writer/producer Jon Stewart attend 'Rosewater' New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
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)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 7: Stewart is seen at the Royal York Hotel. Jon Stewart (of the Daily Show fame) directed and wrote a film called Rosewater about a journalist who was detained and tortured in Iran after an interview on American television. The film was shown at TIFF. (Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TELLURIDE, CO - AUGUST 29: Director Jon Stewart and journalist Maziar Bahari speak at a Q&A for 'Rosewater' at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival - Day 1 on August 29, 2014 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images For Telluride Film Festival)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Martin Scorsese, Don Rickles, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Johnny Depp attend Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Spike TV)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Jon Stewart speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Spike TV)


Comedian broke the news during a taping Tuesday in New York

Jon Stewart is exiting "The Daily Show," TheWrap has confirmed.

"For the better part of the last two decades, I have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart," Michele Ganeless, president, Comedy Central said on Tuesday. "His comedic brilliance is second to none."

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"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," she continued. "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," Ganeless concluded. "He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family."

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Stewart first announced the news at Tuesday's taping of "The Daily Show," which airs tonight at 11 p.m. ET.

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