Jon Stewart discusses his highly anticipated return as host of Comedy Central The Daily Showalmost nine years after he left the nightly gig.
Coming out on Monday CBS Morning before returning as Daily Show Stewart, who is hosting Mondays during the 2024 election, said it was actually the political environment that brought him back, but also shared that the move was influenced by his departure from Apple TV+ due to creative differences.
“I really wanted to have a place to unload my thoughts as we enter this election season,” Stewart said then The problem With Jon Stewart I'm not making any progress with a third season on the streamer. “I thought I’d do it again on – they call it Apple TV+. It's a television enclave, very small. It's like living in Malibu. They decided they didn’t want me to say things that might get me in trouble.”
Although he thinks about it, during an in-studio interview with hosts Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil and Nate Burleson, Stewart was modest about the impact his version of the show could have on real-world events.
“I don’t know how you hope to have an impact, but I hope for a catharsis and a way to comment on things and express them that hopefully people will enjoy,” he said. “But as far as influence goes, and you know, pretty much everything I wanted in the 16 years I was there The Daily Show would not have happened if one had hoped for influence. And I think I learned this post-Daily Show … I don't really look at it as, 'I really want to have an impact on this issue, this election,' things like that.”
Just weeks after the 2016 presidential election, Stewart took a similar approach when he spoke at an event in New York and quickly dismissed arguments made online that echoed his version The Daily Show could have influenced the results.
“We were destroyers of people and builders of empires,” Stewart joked at the time. “I think that’s generally the role of satire and always has been: the rise and fall of civilization at whim.”
Stewart also spoke with before his return on Monday The Daily Show'S Ears Edition Podcasts about why he wanted to come back now.
“If you want to be present in this world, you have to be present in this conversation and be as relentless and persistent as the counter-narrative that is forming. “A lot of the information we're seeing now is weaponized… and it continues to make exponential leaps,” he said. “It’s not just the choice. It's AI. In this way we have militarized all our conflicts. It all ties into a bigger idea, which is the form of government we love so much. It's analogue – I don't want to say dinosaur – but it is analogue and the world is now moving at an increasingly infinite digital pace and balancing that. I think two things are the current challenge for people.”
Hon CBS MorningStewart also discussed a return to cable programming, as the media landscape has changed since his departure The Daily Show in 2015, with Burleson arguing that many young people get their news from places like TikTok and other forms of social media.
“Generally I'll do it with choreographed dance moves,” Stewart joked about how this shift would affect his approach, before getting serious and arguing that quality content would find an audience. “Information is information, and if it’s good content, people will find their way to it,” he said. “I think the worst thing you can do is pander to the idea that young people absorb knowledge and information in a completely different way.”
Last month it was announced that Stewart would return as host until the 2024 election The Daily Showfrom February 12th only on Monday evenings. The rest of the week, the series is hosted by a rotating team of its correspondents, including Jordan Klepper, Desi Lydic, Ronny Chieng, Michael Kosta and Dulcé Sloan.
However, Stewart will also serve as executive producer on the other nights, allowing the former host to be heavily involved in the show in the lead-up to the election and even beyond, with Stewart's contract keeping him as executive producer until at least 2025.
Stewart's return comes as follows The Daily Show continues to search for a permanent replacement for Stewart's successor, Trevor Noah, who unexpectedly left hosting in 2022.
While Stewart was hesitant to talk more about it CBS Morning As for why he only returned on Mondays, this set-up probably made his return more attractive as the hosts were clearly exhausted at the end of their first run. The start of the week also allows him to set the agenda for the next few days and comment on the weekend's news.
And the corporate synergy of appearing on another network like Comedy Central, which is owned by Paramount Global, did not go unnoticed by Stewart.
After King issued a disclaimer about the networks' shared parent company, Stewart quickly quipped, “Who's got the shopping bag? Paramount Global's tote bag.”
“I thought it was called Viacom,” he added of the conglomerate, before joking: “It's just billionaires moving us around on a Stratego board.”