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Jon Stewart Says It's 'Time For Someone Else' To Host 'The Daily Show'

After 17 years, Stewart is finally stepping down.

Yes, the rumors are true: Jon Stewart is leaving "The Daily Show." But, don't cry. We all knew this time would come. I mean, remember what happened to Craig Kilborn? No? Oh my god, I am ancient.

Although word that Stewart was stepping down from his late-night hosting gig began spreading earlier in the day, Stewart confirmed the news himself on the February 10 episode of the Comedy Central series, which featured an interview with political consultant David Axelrod.

"Doug Herzog and Michele Ganeless of Comedy Central gave me an incredible opportunity 17 years ago to pilot this wonderful franchise," the Stewart began. "And 17 years is the longest ever in my life I have held a 16 years and 5 months, the upshot there being I am a terrible employee. But, in my heart, I know it is time for someone else to have that opportunity."

The audience let out a massive "WHUHHHHHHHHHHHH?!" kinda noise in response.

The host calmed the crowd by explaining that he won't leave right away and that he might not even leave until July 2016. Nevertheless, he will be leaving sometime soon: "This show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you."

Is Stewart "restless" to direct another feature film after 2014's "Rosewater"? He wouldn't say. The only future plans he revealed involved having dinner on a school night with his family, who he has "heard from multiple sources are lovely people."

At one point, some dude in the audience yelled out: "WE LOVE YOU JOHN." That's when Stewart got emotional -- albeit by channeling Frankenstein.