If you can’t watch sad things in the morning, here are some excerpts from the 3-minute clip. (Don’t worry, he included some sweet and funny remarks).
“Seventeen years is the longest I have ever in my life, held a job, by 16 years and five months. The upshot there being, I am a terrible employee… In my heart I know, it is time for someone else to have that opportunity.”
“I don’t have any specific plans. Got a lot of ideas, got a lot of things in my head.”
“I’m gonna have dinner on a school night with my family, who, I have heard from multiple sources, are lovely people.”
“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you.”
[After trying to not cry, he produces a few tears] “What is this fluid? What are these feelings? Frankenstein angry!”
“It’s been an absolute privilege.”
As for Stewart’s last show, the 52-year-old told viewers nothing’s been set in stone.
“I’m up in September, might be around then. Might be December, might be July,” he said on the program.
Late Tuesday afternoon, Comedy Central released a statement confirming Stewart’s departure.
Stewart’s announcement comes some two months after Daily Show alum Stephen Colbert taped his last Colbert Report as the latter prepares to takeover David Letterman’s job at CBS. Fellow alum John Oliver also stepped down from his Daily Show post in 2014 after an eight year stint to host his own program, Last Week Tonight, on HBO.