It’s hard to fathom that a broadcast network suspending its evening news anchor for six months without pay—as NBC just did with Brian Williams—could fail to qualify as the day’s biggest media story. Well, at least until yesterday, when NBC’s announcement was dwarfed by an even more shocking declaration: Jon Stewart will step down as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart when his contract is up later this year.
“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you,” Stewart, who has held the Daily Show job since 1999, told his audience on Tuesday. “I don’t have any specific plans. I have a lot of ideas. I have a lot of things in my head.”