“You just have to keep trying to do good work, and hope that it leads to more good work. I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. Yes, I want to look back and know that I was terrible at a variety of things.” – Jon Stewart
I was watching last nights episode of “The Daily Show”. There’s been speculation for some while now that he would be leaving the show. Well, the long and short of the news is that Jon Stewart would be leaving this year.
When he left the show in the capable hands of John Oliver to do his movie “Rosewater” I felt like he might be sensing that it’s time to move on and pursue other projects. By that time he’d been at it for 15 years already!
Well, he came back and even though the show was still great it felt like his mind was elsewhere. It’d become routine for him. Nothing wrong with that, but he probably felt like: “There’s so much more out there to do!”. He summed it up perfectly with the words: “This show doesn’t deserve even a slightly restless host, and neither do you.”
Thinking back on what’s happened around him for the last couple of years might’ve been a further push for him. Stephen Colbert ended his show, Michael Che quickly moved on to Saturday Night Live, John Oliver got his own show as did Larry Wilmore. A lot of Daily Show alumni spread their wings in the last couple of years. Maybe this made Jon’s decision easier? Who knows.
Regardless, a stint of 17 years on a single show and doing such a great job while at the same time educating people about politics and the world at large is an amazing achievement. He should feel very proud of that accomplishment.
They haven’t always gotten their facts straight and have many times used the excuse “it’s a COMEDY show!” but still the people have noticed that they’ve actually felt regret at not getting things right and that goes a long, long way.
I’m looking forward to see what’s next for him. There’s been some speculation about him doing a show like “Meet the Press” and other projects that lean heavily on the political side of things. We’ll see what he does but I think he’s going to do a great job either way. It’s kind of weird but it’s like he’s built up a reputation for integrity with his show.
Good luck Jon, thanks for the showing us what that ménage à trois of news, integrity and comedy can do together!
Here it is folks, your moment of zen: