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Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show after 16 years

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HOST Jon Stewart will leave the satirical and pioneering The Daily Show later this year, his bosses at Comedy Central said on Tuesday, calling him a "comic genius". The 52-year-old, who took time off in 2013 to direct a film based on an Iranian-Canadian journalist's nightmare in a Teheran jail, has hosted the award-winning show for 16 years.

"His comedic brilliance is second to none," said a statement on the channel's Twitter feed, after Stewart made the announcement during a taping of...

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