Jon Stewart bid farewell to “The Daily Show” Thursday night, bringing his 16-year career as its host to an end.
With Stewart serving as the host, the show has over the years garnered immense popularity. According to a 2014 Brookings Institution study, viewers trusted “The Daily Show” more than MSNBC News.
In his tenure, Stewart’s videos attracted headlines like “Jon Stewart destroys Glenn Beck,” “Jon Stewart demolishes Megyn Kelly and Fox,” and “Jon Stewart eviscerates CNN.”
According to Variety, the 63-minute finale of “The Daily Show” was dedicated to celebrating the people who were associated with and contributed to the show, along with the writers and support staff responsible for putting all of it together.
‘You’re Infuriatingly Good At Your Job’ – Stephen Colbert
Personalities who have made appearances on the show over the years – Stephen Colbert, Larry Wilmore and John Oliver, among others – were also present for the finale.
“You’re infuriatingly good at your job,” Colbert said, expressing his respect for Stewart and to everyone who has worked extremely hard to make the show a huge success.
“You were a great artist and a good man,” Colbert added.
Trevor Noah will take over the show beginning September 28.
The Handoff pic.twitter.com/jiY2Ne2wbm
— Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) August 7, 2015
Also present for the finale were politicians and personalities who were made targets of Stewart during his time as the show’s host.
“So long, jackass!” teasingly said Senator John McCain.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 7, 2015
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly jokingly called Stewart a “quitter.”
Hillary Clinton said it was unfortunate that Stewart was leaving now that she was running for the office.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 7, 2015
Paul Brown, the chief executive of Arby’s, targeted by Stewart, said, “Jon Stewart: It’s like a TV threw up on your face.”
Social media, too, ablazed with posts from people bidding farewell to one of the most celebrated TV personalities.
— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 7, 2015
Meetings With Obama
According to Politico, Stewart and President Barack Obama would secretly meet before big stories were released to the public. Moreover, Obama’s aides also worked closely with “The Daily Show” to ascertain that their side of the story was accurately presented to the masses.
“Remember when, under a Republican president, it was the duty of all comedians to be the loyal opposition, to speak truth to power?” Kyle Smith wrote in the New York Post. “Stewart does the opposite.”
One of the most memorable moments of Stewart’s career was in 2004 when he criticized Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson for being “partisan hacks,” saying their show never conducted real debates where there was a risk of someone finding something out.
“I would love to see a debate show,” Stewart said. “You’re doing theatre when you should be doing debate, which would be great. It’s not honest. What you do is not honest. What you’re doing is partisan hackery.”
Stewart asked Begala and Carlson to “stop hurting America.”
In Stewart’s final moments in the finale of “The Daily Show,” he expressed that it wasn’t the end; and that it was just a break in the 16 years of association he has had with the viewers.
“We are merely taking a small pause in the conversation,” he said, “a conversation, which, by the way, I have hogged, and I apologize for that.”
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