'Thanks Jon': Minnesotan who co-created 'The Daily Show' applauds Stewart


Jon Stewart, the critically acclaimed host of "The Daily Show," will be stepping away from the anchor desk after more than 16 years, and the Minnesotan who co-created the show has one thing to say to him: Thank you.

Lizz Winstead wrote about Stewart's decision following

" target="_blank">Comedy Central's announcement that he'd be leaving the show sometime this year.

"Madeleine Smithberg and I may have laid the foundation of The House of Daily, but it was Jon who turned it into an architectural landmark."

Stewart changed the course of "The Daily Show," which has won 15 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards since he took the reins from Minnesota-native Craig Kilborn in 1999. He also launched the careers of several comedians, helped change politics and "pulled America out of the gutter" during his tenure as host of the show.

Winstead thanked Stewart for the time he spent crafting the show, but also for caring enough to work with a team that will go on to build "an exciting new chapter in the life of this wonderful show" after he says goodnight for the last time.

“I’m not going anywhere tomorrow,” an emotional Stewart said as he shared the news of his decision to an unsuspecting audience during Tuesday night's show (watch his announcement below). “But this show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you.”

"Thanks Jon, you made the world a better place, now enjoy eating dinner at a decent hour. You ... deserve it," Winstead wrote. "Then get back to making something else great."

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