If you haven’t been in tune with what’s happening to late night TV, read on. From James Corden stepping in to replace Craig Ferguson in “The Late Late Show” to Stephen Colbert leaving “The Colbert Report” to take over the reins from David Letterman in “The Late Show,” late night TV is changing, and we don’t like it! (well…most of it!)
And just when we thought that things couldn’t possibly get any worse, Jon Stewart, the guy with one of the most venerable careers in making a total mockery of the news, just announced that the end of the road is actually closer than we’d like it to be.
The surprising announcement was made at the tail end of last night’s the Daily Show where, Stewart let the news slip that his retirement had been conformed and explained that his departure was near to a stunned audience. Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, or Jon Stewart, took over the reins from the much loved Michele Gameness and Doug Herzog some 17 years ago and has remained consistent to the carbon neutral, Daily Show ever since, except for a brief stint back in 2013. And in his own words, “It’s time for someone else to have that opportunity.”
The visibly emotional Stewart still kept his cards close to his chest, not actually revealing the exact date of his departure, but we can guess that it could be this September when his contract ends with Comedy Central. Stewart also said that he currently has no plans on what’s next, but added that the decision to leave had to do with the fact that it was simply time to move on as performing on a daily basis actually circumcised his soul.
Of course, Stewart leaving the Daily Show come September also means that late night viewers will lose their “voice of reason,” if you will, during the 2016 electoral campaign. Late night life without Jon will be bleak indeed, especially for those of us who are used to getting the news that doesn’t want to be delivered, delivered to us in a way that only Stewart could.
According to Wikipedia, in addition to his career as America’s most loved satirist, Jon Stewart is also an actor, writer, producer, director and has won a number of Peabody Awards, Emmys and a Grammy. And if that’s not enough, he also has an asteroid named after him and has represented the US of A in Brazil in kicking balls long before he took it a notch up and started to kick prominent political figures on live TV in their lady parts.
Not to make this sound like an obituary, but when it comes to late night TV, Jon always was (and is) a class act, who appealed to an audience far beyond the 18 to40 year old liberal male demographic. By delivering nuggets of insight via our television sets five days a week, he filled our lives with his intelligence, brutal honesty, zealous ferocity, and of course, his Jewishness. One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a tough act to pull no matter who takes over the Daily Show next.