'Daily Show' Executive Producer Steve Bodow Stepping Down in 2019

Steve Bodow attends Showrunners and Writing for TV during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival - Getty-H 2018
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The Daily Show executive producer Steve Bodow will step down from his post in early 2019 after spending more than 16 years on the Comedy Central flagship.

Bodow, who joined the show as a writer early in Jon Stewart's tenure as host, will remain with the show for now to help with the transition and complete a few projects before leaving after the new year, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Bodow came aboard The Daily Show in 2002 and was promoted to head writer in 2007, adding supervising producer to his title in 2008. He was a co-exec producer of the show from 2011 to 2013 and has been an EP since 2013, spanning the last two years of Stewart's run and the three-plus years of Trevor Noah's time as host.

"There's no single quote I could give that would do justice to the time and creative brilliance Steve has given to The Daily Show," Noah said of Bodow. "In both relaunching the show and helping it grow to new heights, he's been a crucial and wonderful piece of the show, and I'm excited to see what project he gets to nurture next."

Bodow is one of four executive producers on The Daily Show, along with Noah, Jennifer Flanz and Jill Katz. At the moment, there are no plans to fill Bodow's job; Flanz, who's been with the show since 1998, and Noah run the creative side with Bodow, and Katz oversees production.

His departure is the second high-profile exit from a late-night series in recent weeks. Mike DiCenzo, one of three lead producers on NBC's Tonight Show, left in late October; former Today executive producer and NBC Olypmics exec Jim Bell was named showrunner shortly after that.

In Bodow's 16 years at The Daily Show, he has shared in 14 Emmy wins for the series, including multiple honors for outstanding variety-talk series and outstanding writing for a variety series.

Deadline first reported Bodow's coming departure.