By Selina Bonilla
The television host, known for his satirical critique of news, reporters and current events, will retire by the end of this year, when his contract expires. Comedy Central released a statement from President Michele Ganeless to confirm his departure after 16 years.
Stewart informed the studio audience that he would be leaving during Tuesday night's taping of the show. He left the world speechless, but not Tweetless. “Daily Show” fans ran to Twitter to express their feelings, making Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” rise in the ranks of trending topics.
Here are the best Twitter reactions to Jon Stewart's retirement:
Jon Stewart's quitting The Daily Show and, subsequently, I'm quitting my life.— Sydney Nikols (@SydneyNikols) February 11, 2015
btw I can't believe there's going to be an election in 2016 and Jon Stewart isn't going to be there to make sense of it all— Alvin Villena Jr. (@itzajvillena) February 11, 2015
Jon Stewart is gonna show Kim Kardashian how to really break the internet.— sara mcguyer (@sara_mc) February 11, 2015
If you need me I'll be looking out my window with a single tear falling down my cheek while coping w the Jon Stewart ruining my life news.— Margot Wood (@margotwood) February 11, 2015
Of course, no Twitter reaction would be complete without a genius idea by University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Robert Quigley:
Crazy idea: Brian Williams and Jon Stewart trade places. It just might work ...— Robert Quigley (@robquig) February 11, 2015