Stewart and Colbert-2From, fittingly, The Onion A.V. Club:

Ending one of the most venerable and trusted careers in making a complete mockery of the news, Jon Stewart has announced that he is stepping down as host of The Daily Show. According to sources who were there (some of whom are already passing word along on social media), Stewart let the news slip at the taping of today’s episode, telling those in the audience that he’s retiring.

The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and the Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger made up an unholy trinity of my editorial influences during the George W. Bush years–the era North America basically committed itself to going to shit (we’ve never recovered).

Given that Stranger editorial director Dan Savage — who was in the crowd of celebrities in the last episode of Colbert — is working on an ABC sitcom, I wonder if I might soon be feeling very, very, lonely.