Ben Karlin, Executive Producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, has resigned from both shows, Comedy Central confirmed. Karlin will step down at the end of the year and remain on both series as a consulting producer. Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum will become executive producer of The Daily Show.
Karlin has significantly shaped Daily for more thanseven years, havingbecome head writer in 1999 and executive producer in 2002,so his departure represents a big change for the show. Comedy has named a new head writer to replace Javerbaum.
The network confirmed Karlin’s departure after news of it leaked out via New York comedy-focused blog The Apiary. Huffington Post’s Eat The Pressreported that Javerbaum himself had announced he would leave the show at the end of December to pursue his second job, writing Broadway lyrics, full time. Comedy did not respond to requests to confirm that information.