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Aasif Mandvi

Stewart's exit is no joke at Comedy Central

Stewart's exit is no joke at Comedy Central

With Jon Stewart leaving his post on "The Daily Show," the joke may be on Comedy Central. The departure of Stewart — who announced on Tuesday that he will exit his signature mock-news program sometime later this year — presents the 24-year-old cable network with one of the biggest quandaries in its history, far beyond the immediate question of who might succeed him. Combined with the loss last year of Stewart protege Stephen Colbert, Viacom-owned Comedy Central will be bereft of two major stars who brought in a constant stream of attention and ad dollars. Stewart's shop — working under the banner of the host's production company, Busboy...