Beyond Jon Stewart: Can 'Daily Show' survive host's departure? (+video)

February 12, 2015 2:39 PM

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Los Angeles — Comedian Jon Stewart surprised his Tuesday night "Daily Show" audience with the announcement that he will depart the satirical talk show later this year. No successor has been announced, but speculation about who might fill his berth has pulled back the curtain on what has made the hit show tick – and become a cultural landmark, media experts say.

With its ability to get laughs from drilling down into important news stories, showing the hypocrisies and foibles of politicians and celebrities, along with its ability to grab the attention of a younger generation that eschews the traditional TV news broadcasts, “the show has become important to t...

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