When it came to true, honest journalism Jon Stewart led the way with his blunt satires that spared neither politicians nor the media. Now after 16 years (started in 1999) as a host on the “The Daily Show,” Jon has finally decided to move to different pastures.
The half-hour, four times a week show will never be the same again (Trevor Noah, who was pretending to check out the place with a yellow measuring tape will take his place as the new host on “The Daily Show,”). When the viewers switched on their sets on Thursday for their daily dose of Jon and his popular show, not many of them imagined they were to be treated to an hour long finale where Jon finally announced, “Guess what? I’ve got big news. This is it.”
To see him off were not only colleagues and former “Daily Show” correspondents like Lewis Black, Rob Riggle, Kristen Schaal, Samantha Bee, Mo Rocca, Aasif Mandvi, Wyatt Cenac, Rob and Nate Corddry and others that he worked with in these 16 years but also Bruce Springsteen and his band with their musical performance of “Land of Hope and Dreams,” and “Born to Run.”
A simple but elegant farewell for a man with Steve Carell, John Oliver and then Stephen Colbert stepping up to acknowledge his work and his importance to all his loyal viewers and fans. Colbert drove his point home with the words, “You were infuriatingly good at your job,” while Jon’s predecessor on the show, Craig Kilborn said, “I knew you’d run this thing into the ground.” Even political and media celebrities like John McCain (His words were, “So long, jackass.”) and Hillary Clinton (She seemed both upset and relieved saying, “just when I’m running for president. What a bummer.”)chimed in with short good-bye clips; Jon is famous among the circles for his witty and sharp digs. It was Jon who gave the best ending of all with his direct-from-the-heart speech about the world and its different kinds of BS saying, “If you smell something, say something.”
A man who turned the establishment on its head with his sharp wit and video evidences of ‘something fishy’ or unintentional hilarity, Jon will be remembered for his own special brand of journalism; one that feared none and remained true to itself. His parting words are so Jon Stewart, “Rather than saying ‘goodbye’ or ‘good night,’ I’m just going to say, ‘I’m going to get a drink, and I’m sure I’ll see you guys before I leave.”