The last “Daily Show” episode hosted by Jon Stewart is set to air on Aug. 6, bringing the comedian’s 16-year tenure to a close.
Stewart has skewered politicians and the media through multiple elections and the Comedy Central show under his watch has launched various stars, including Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Larry Wilmore, Ed Helms, and John Oliver.
He announced this past February that he would be leaving the show, saying, “I don’t have any specific plans. Got a lot of ideas. I got a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people… this show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you.”
He took a brief break in the summer of 2013 to direct the film “Rosewater.” Oliver served as guest host in his place.
“Daily Show” correspondent Trevor Noah will be taking over hosting duties and Stewart’s guests during his final week of hosting have included actor Denis Leary, Amy Schumer of “Trainwreck,” and Louis C.K. of the FX show “Louie.”
What can we expect from the last episode with Stewart? It seems more than likely that Colbert, who is set to take over CBS’s “Late Show,” will stop by (Stewart popped up on Colbert’s last episode of Colbert's Comedy Central program “The Colbert Report”). It also is possible that old colleagues like Carell, Helms, Oliver, Jason Jones, or Samantha Bee will make their way back.
In addition, Stewart recently named comedian Colin Quinn as one of his favorite guests, along with Louis C.K. and Denis Leary, who both appeared on the show this week. Since Quinn has not, perhaps he’ll appear for Stewart’s final show. Stewart has also said in the past that he’s a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, so the musician is a possibility as well.
“The Daily Show” led by Jon Stewart changed both late-night television and politics. The program won multiple Emmy Awards and became an integral part of the political process, with a recent poll from the Public Religion Research Institute finding that 11 percent of adults 18 to 29 trusted “Daily” and “The Colbert” the most of any news source.
His high profile also meant that he could bring attention to a cause, as he did with a bill that devoted federal money to the health care of 9/11 responders. The bill passed and Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, said, “Jon shining such a big, bright spotlight on Washington’s potentially tragic failure to put aside differences and get this done for America was, without a doubt, one of the biggest factors that led to the final agreement.”
Some recently questioned how much effect the Obama administration had on Stewart when it was revealed that he had met with the president multiple times. Stewart himself said, “We spent about five to seven minutes with Obama kind of scolding me not to turn young Americans cynical and I spent about five to seven minutes explaining to him I'm actually skeptically idealistic.”
Noah is set to take over in September.