Jon Stewart confirms date of his final ‘Daily Show’

Stewart announced earlier this year that he was stepping down as host

Jon Stewart has announced that he will host his final episode of The Daily Show on August 6.

Stewart, who has fronted Comedy Central’s satirical news programme since 1998, revealed in February that he would be stepping down from The Daily Show later this year. He told viewers the date of his final episode during last night’s show (April 20).

Last month (March) Comedy Central announced that South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over from Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Noah, who joined the The Daily Show as a contributor last year (2014), will make his debut as host at a date that’s yet to be confirmed.

Noah, 31, began his stand-up career is his native South Africa before becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show in 2012 and the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman the following year. In the UK, he has made TV appearances on QI and Eight Out Of Ten Cats.

During Stewart’s tenure, The Daily Show has attracted audiences of up to 3.6 million viewers, around 80% of whom are aged between 18 and 49. Although it is conceived as a “fake news programme” offering a comically exaggerated take on current events, The Daily Show has been hailed as an important source of genuine news among young Americans. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Al Gore have all appeared as guests on the show.