Last night word got out that at the taping of The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart announced he would be leaving his desk, which he has sat behind since 1999. Comedy Central confirmed soon after. There weren't many details at the time, but now that the show has aired we can hear exactly what the audience heard. Stewart said, in part:

"Comedy Central gave me an incredible opportunity 17 years ago, to pilot this wonderful franchise... 17 years is the longest, in my life, I've ever held a job by 16 years and 5 months. In my heart I know it's time for someone else to have that opportunity. Not right away, we're still working out details... I'm up in September, might be around then, might be December, might be July. I don't have any specific plans. Got a lot of ideas... I'm gonna have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people. I'm not gonna try and sum up what this place has meant to me over the years... we've got plenty of time. I'm not going anywhere tomorrow. But this show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you."

Here's the full thing: