Legendary host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has hung up his boots after 16 long years on air. The long-time news parody bandmaster ended his last episode with mixed emotions. Concluding with a passionate speech, he urged the audiences to not accept falsehood or wrong information in their lives and warned that the only way to fight off disruptions of relentlessly dishonest people is through vigilance.
His years of targeting the hypocrisy of politics with witty satire have alas come to an end. The 52-year-old, who also loved taking a shot at the foolishness of the news media, aired his final installment of the show on August 6.
In the finale, Stewart was honored by comedians Steve Carell and Larry Wilmore along with John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Samantha Bee, and the show’s succeeding host Trevor Noah. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band also performed for the former host.
And of course, Stephen Colbert made a guest appearance to thank Mr. Stewart, despite the fact that the latter had warned his staff members to not thank him for anything. He said that they owed him nothing, but Colbert graciously said that it was one of the few times he’s known Mr. Stewart “to be dead wrong.”
Even when President Obama appeared on the show back in July, he joked about issuing a new executive order forbidding Stewart from leaving the show. “It’s being challenged in the courts,” Obama quipped.
“Nothing ends,” Mr. Stewart concluded. Instead of bidding goodnight or goodbye he simply said, “I’m sure I’ll see you guys before I leave.”
Itzkoff, D., “Jon Stewart Signs Off From ‘Daily Show’ With Wit and Sincerity,” The New York Times web site, August 7, 2015; http://goo.gl/1aOaXR.