Jon Stewart has revealed in an interview with The Guardian that he decided to leave “The Daily Show” after hosting it for 17 years because he was gradually becoming depressed about American politics and the news media.
He said, “It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction.’
“These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that’s when you realize, ‘OK, I’m on the back side of it now.'”
When he announced in February that he will be leaving the show, he suggested that it was due to his increasing fatigue, saying, “This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you.” He also said that leaving the show had been “in the back of my head for quite some time.”
When asked if he would watch Fox News, he said, “Let’s say that it’s a nuclear winter, and I have been wandering, and there appears to be a flickering light through what appears to be a radioactive cloud and I think that light might be a food source that could help my family.
“I might glance at it for a moment until I realize, that’s Fox News, and then I shut it off.”
According to Daily Mail, Comedy Central revealed last month that “The Daily Show” will be taken over by Trevor Noah.
Noah found support in Stewart, who praised Noah saying that he is “incredibly thoughtful and considerate and funny and smart.”
In regard to the timing of his departure from the show, Stewart told The Guardian that he was leaving the show to make way for Noah so that the new host can have the opportunity to cover the presidential election story.
Stewart said, “For the show, you don’t want to leave when the cupboard’s bare. So I think it’s a better introduction when you have something providing you with assisted fuel, like a presidential campaign.”
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