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17 Facts You May Not Know About The Daily Show

Jon Stewart on The Daily Show | Image: Comedy Central

On February 10, 2015, Jon Stewart announced that he would be leaving his hosting gig on The Daily Show; later it was announced that Trevor Noah would be Stewart's replacement. Stewart's last show will be on August 6, 2015, but in his time as host, he's won much praise and acclaim. The Daily Show has won numerous awards, including two Peabodies and 18 Emmys. 

Yet in his first days after taking over for previous host Craig Kilborn, Stewart nearly quit. As noted in the linked collection of facts about The Daily Show

"In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Stewart admitted that he had a hard time adjusting to working with Kilborn’s team and that he very seriously considered quitting the show altogether. Though he had some definite ideas on how to take the show in new directions, they were met with strong resistance. 'I walk in the door, into a room with the writers and producers, and the first thing they say is 'this isn’t some MTV bulls*** … And then I was told not to change the jokes or improvise,' Stewart recalled. Immediately, he called his agent and told him to get him out of the deal. 'I had to be talked down from a moderately high cliff,' he admitted."

Read sixteen more facts about Stewart and The Daily Show — including who he rates as his best and worst guests and what disgraced politician he used to room with — in this article.


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I beg to differ. I got rid of my satellite, and now have only Roku. The Daily Show is almost the only show I ever watch, but I never miss it. I will really miss Jon Stewart. I think he's a brilliant man, and I look forward to seeing what he tackles next.
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I've been thinking that Stephen Colbert might have been the real guiding force, not Jonathan Leibowitz. He was there before Jon, and within maybe two years after he left to do his own show, the quality of The Daily Show faced a precipitous fall... The humor and intelligence disappeared, and was replaced with something more like rolling his eyes when anyone said something that didn't perfectly match with the extreme-left dogma of his audience, then holding for applause. I'm the furthest thing from Republican, myself, but it was just embarrassing and mind-numbing, and after years of watching, I found no redeeming qualities remaining... It turned into something like the liberal version of AM talk radio...

Or I could be wrong and Jon coincidentally decided to phone it in around that time. Perhaps he should have decided to retire a few years earlier.
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