Jon Stewart announced Tuesday afternoon he will be stepping down from “The Daily Show.”
Stewart, 52, will leave the Comedy Central show as TV’s highest-paid late-night TV personality.
That number blows network hosts out of the water. The average salary for the late-night hosts hovers around $US10 million. The only one who comes close to Stewart’s reported paycheck is David Letterman at $US20 million per year.
Here are the numbers via TV Guide:
|Late-night Personality||Network||Salary per year|
|1. Jon Stewart||Comedy Central||$US25-$US30 million|
|2. David Letterman||CBS||$US20 million|
|3. Conan O’Brien||TBS||$US12 million|
|4. Jimmy Fallon||NBC||$US11 million|
|6. Chelsea Handler||Netflix||$US10 million|
|6. Jimmy Kimmel||ABC||$US10 million|
|7. John Oliver||HBO||$US2 million|
Stewart has been hosting “The Daily Show” since 1999. The show averages more than 1.5 million viewers daily.
There’s no word yet on Stewart’s final date on “The Daily Show” or his next gig; however, he could turn his eye to movies.
In 2013, Stewart briefly left “The Daily Show” for three months to focus on his directorial debut, “Rosewater,” about the imprisonment of journalist Maziar Bahari while covering Iran’s presidential elections.
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