Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

After 16 years behind the satirical news desk, mocking everything from politics to pop culture, he is stepping down.
2:04 | 02/11/15

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It's hard to imagine late night without him. Also hard to believe he's been at it for 17 years. Jon Stewart, revealing at least one thing he'll do next. February 10th, 2015. Reporter: 17 years after he started, last night, Jon Stewart began like any other night. We got us a program tonight. Reporter: Ready to call out the hypocrisy with hilarity. It's hard to remember "The daily Show" before him. He grew up in New Jersey, Jonathan Stewart, his mother, a teacher. Parents divorcing at 9. Everywhere today, his greatest hits. The presidents. They're not real sexy issues. Not the kinds of things -- You don't know what I find sexy. Let me put it this way. I saw you flash -- Yeah. I know what you've been Reading. Reporter: He's done far more than make us laugh. There was his return in the weeks after September 11th. A lot of folks have asked me, what are you going to do when you get back? Geez, what a terrible thing. To have to do. And I don't see it as a burden at all. I -- I see it at a privilege a and -- I see it at a privilege. Reporter: From 9/11 to presidential elections. Aptly decided indecision 2000. Reporter: Building his team. Stephen Colbert. John oliver. And giving a greater voice. Thank you for being here. Thank you so much. It's an honor for me. It is an honor for us. I know me. Reporter: And last night, he waited until the end, saying he has no plan, just some ideas, and for him, a well-earned moment of zen. I'm going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who, I have heard, from multiple sources, are lovely people. We're going to miss him. We'll see you right back here tomorrow night. Until then, I'm David Muir. Have a good evening.

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