Jon Stewart announced this week that his final episode hosting The Daily Show will be on Thursday August 6th. The comedian had announced his retirement from the daily hosting duties last year, but had not mentioned a final date until now. Stewart has hosted the show since 1999 when he took over for Craig Kilborn.
“I hope that you will join us for that program,” Stewart said. “As a matter of fact, you can actually join us here in reality,” he said referring to an online contest the show is running, giving fans a chance to be there to see the last show in person. The contest winner and a guest will be flown to New York City and put up in a hotel along with receiving tickets to the final taping.
“It’s going to be a pretty good episode, I think,” Stewart said. “And then maybe I’ll see you here on August 6th, and we’ll have a nice hug, we’ll hug.”
Comedy Central announced in March that comedian Trevor Noah will take over the hosting duties after Stewart’s departure. The network has not yet announced his starting date, though many think it will happen sometime later in August with the backing of STX Entertainment.