Ed Driscoll

Breaking: The Edward R. Murrow of the 21st Century is Stepping Down

Brian Williams soon to leave NBC? The jury is still out on that according to the New York Daily News, which reports that word could come from the NBC brass “today or tomorrow.” But “Jon Stewart leaving The Daily Show” according to the Politico’s Dylan Byers:

Jon Stewart, the host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show,’ will step down later this year, the president of the network confirmed in a statement to POLITICO on Tuesday.

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“Jon will remain at the helm of ‘The Daily Show’ until later this year,” she wrote. “He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”

Second chance for NBC’s Deborah Turness to “back the Brink’s Truck up” to the front door of Stewart’s condo, as Byers’ column claimed in October, when Turness made a run at Stewart to replace the hapless scofflaw David Gregory as the host of Meet the Press? Somebody soon will, of course. (And I wasn’t kidding in the headline; the New York Times dubbed Stewart “the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow” in 2010. But then, isn’t everyone in old media the next Edward R. Murrow?)