Jon Stewart isn’t dead but he might as well be—the man hasn’t appeared on television in months, leaving the once-robust television-blog ecosystem shriveled and weak in the hands of that guy who replaced him (if he’s even still on the air.) But rejoice! This week Stewart popped up at the United Service Organization 75th anniversary event at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to introduce Joe Biden, and if you can even believe it—he made a joke about Donald Trump.
After 16 years and 2,581 episodes, Jon Stewart has left the Daily Show, the half-hour that established the template for successful satirical news shows and made Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and John Oliver into household names. He’ll be missed, and so will the millions of clicks he generates for blogs and news sites every week. What are we—content providers—going to do without you, Jon? We’re so fucked.
On Saturday, The Guardian published a story titled “Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show,” the result of a two interviews between the retiring host and writer Hadley Freeman. In it, Stewart offers a number of clear (if not particularly surprising) reasons for stepping down, including election cycle fatigue, diminishing personal returns from the show and a desire to spend more time with his family.
After 16 years as host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart announced at a live-taping on Tuesday that he would be retiring from the show, The A.V. Club reports. In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said that Stewart will stay with The Daily Show "until later this year":
The Daily Show is back, providing a palliative balm for the lingering itch where the Colbert Report used to be. But poor Jon Stewart has returned to 2015 only to find the news cycle has already moved on to 2016 (or backward to 1992) with a Clinton vs. Bush race for the White House. Better endorse someone!
Jon Stewart learned the gruesome details of the CIA's torture of detainees along with the rest of us yesterday, and it made him feel like Mr. Creosote after a wafer-thin mint. Which is to say, he wanted to puke—an understandable reaction after learning an inmate's meal was "pureed and rectally infused," apparently resulting in "no actionable intelligence."
CNN host and frequent Daily Show guest Fareed Zakaria had Jon Stewart on GPS to talk about his new film, Rosewater, but couldn't resist cornering Stewart into admitting he watches CNN. A pyrrhic victory, considering what Stewart had to say about the network.