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g. good night. welcome to the "daily show"! do we have a program for you tonight! >> the "daily show" may be fake news, but it makes a real impact. >> oppression, just because it makes you feel uncomfortable, doesn't mean it has to change. >> it's fresh and new and original and smart every night. >> and for a decade and a half the force behind the machine was jon stewart. >> you're getting into a bad place my friend. >> he will always be revered as someone who blurred the lines between news and comedy. >> how the hell did we end up here, mr. cramer? >> and became the conscience of a generation. >> when he hit his stride no one in public life or the media was safe. >> i believe that you helped the
administration take us to like the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we've made in 100 years. but you seem lovely. >> he's done a very good job in keeping to task. he was relentless. >> he's so armed with facts and quips, they have no idea what's coming. >> some kind of unusual triangle. questions are answered before they're asked. >> after more than 2,500 episodes, jon stewart has decided to move on. >> i won't miss me. >> he may be about the only person saying that. >> i think he's changed the media and politics more than he will ever admit. but what i will just miss is watching him on tv. >> i've got big news. this is it! put a stamp on it! >> jon stewart has left of the building. before jon stewart became the
iconic host of the "daily show," in fact before there was a "daily show," or even comedy central, stewart moved to new york during the 1980s comedy booth to make a name for himself. by the early 1990s, he's a regular on the circuit. >> he's very cute and very smart and very funny. >> just really fun, because you were watching someone who was at the height of their talent doing something they do incredibly well. >> his comedy is engaging. and has a broad appeal. as seen here at montreal's famous just for laughs comedy festival. >> if i have to sit through one more tragic profile of a courageous athlete. pedaling his bloody torso for his country. he wants a medal, give him a medal. >> in 1992 he gets his start in television with the first of several assignments on the channel of the moment, mtv. >> if you ever saw him do stand-up comedy you knew this
guy is very very funny. the trick always is how do you channel that into a tv show. >> the jon stewart show premieres on mtv in 1993. and moves into syndication the following year. >> actually saw the movie. >> you did? >> yeah. >> i didn't care for it. >> but the show is hardly a hit. >> it was ahead of its time. it was in the wrong market syndication. you have to be successful really quickly or you're out. that show died a very long slow painful, public death. >> he gets his shot at the movies. but the notices aren't stellar. >> i would say it's a really good thing that he's great at what he does and everybody's not always great at everything. >> i think that he's his own toughest critic about his film acting. >> it called for -- it was supposed to be a divinely handsome man. and i don't know i guess they were all walking the catwalk
that day or something, who knows. they couldn't find one. so they got down to i think smartass, and that was me. >> while he's trying his hand at the silver screen comedy central is developing a new program called the "daily show." >> they set out to do a half hour infotainment show. >> the show premieres on july 22nd, 1996. >> give a reason to viewers, when something happens in the world, they're going to need to turn to comedy central to find out how we were going to spin whatever happened in the world. >> so we said we're not going to do a show of jokes about the news, we're going to do a news show that's funny. >> the show lifts comedy central's ratings. in 1998 killbourn is selected to take over the late late show on cbs.
jon stewart seems an unlikely replacement, but the match is made nonetheless. >> when jon was chosen to replace craig, it was a little bit vizsurprising, and i had seen his stand-up act, and there was nothing political about it. >> i remember him saying willy wear a suit and him getting really -- asking him that. the funny thing about the suit is you can buy them in stores and when you put them on you're a guy wearing a suit. >> in december of 1998 the transition begins. >> tell me about that show for people who haven't seen it. >> it's a take on the news. it feels weird when you're doing a show that satirizes the news you're kind of cheering for chaos. >> the transition is complete on january 11th, 1999 when the newly rebranded program the daily show with jon stewart airs for the first time. >> welcome. welcome, welcome to the "daily
show." craig kelbourn is on assignment in kuala lumpur i'm jon stewart. >> the show sees a modest increase in ratings, including in the crucial 18 to 34 demographic. >> please welcome michael jflt fox. >> the first couple of years when jon was there, the guests were trying to promote a movie or celebrities for the sake that they were celebrities or comedians. >> please welcome sarah jessica parker. >> it became apparent that he wanted to actually talk to people with substance, to talk to people who had written books that had meaning. >> he's got the background he's got the interview, and he's got his take on it. it's all happening all at once. it's at a very high level and it's funny and it goes fast. nobody can do that. >> presidential candidate steve forbes added his 2 billion krepts calling the ruling a flagrant example of judicial activism. i believe in traditional marriage. just like his dear old dad.
>> what jon did is instill this idea that everything had to have a point of view. you couldn't just do a story of oh, this is funny. it had to have a point of view. he really wanted to go after the high targets, the people who were up on a pedestal and needed to be taken down. >> jon was amazing in an edit room. jon would look at a field piece and say, move this there, change that, and you would go okay. grudgingly. and then it was like oh wow, it's way better. >> jon came on and took it to a whole new level, gave it his voice. >> we really started to click in when the campaign started. >> he's been behind the desk for a year when it's time for the 2000 presidential campaign. the team launches indecision 2000. >> when steve carell and i were given access to john mccain's straight talk express during the new hampshire primary, that was -- nobody had gotten any sort of access like that before. >> we couldn't really believe
that we were going to get the access that we were. it was fun. >> in a moment i'm going to close my eyes and count down to ten. at which point my colleagues will scatter throughout the convention center. we just thought that would be the funnest way. >> people had to start taking it seriously. even though we weren't taking ourselves seriously. politicians had to start taking it seriously. >> we have to do a good job because people are starting to pay attention. as the 2000 campaign progressed a lot of journalists and a lot of on-air people and a lot of the actual politicians started becoming fans. >> and then on november 7th, 2000 for the first time in the modern era, there is no clear winner after election day. >> so as you can see, it's never going to end. >> i think that the 2000 election was a turning point both for the show and for the way that the rest of the world
specifically the media viewed the show. >> the indecision 2000 thing was -- it was like a gift from god. >> all right. florida legislature, to name states electors. among names considered cheating mcsteel for bush. >> indecision for 2000 is where you saw this young guy with a lot of potential just pick up that baton from killbourn and go running to the finish line. then they pulled it off. >> it seems it was kind of the perfect storm for that to happen. and he was kind of the perfect guy to do it. he had the right mix of intelligence and humor. >> this just in. >> indecision 2000 is considered so influential, that it wins the prestigious peabody award for public service. >> good luck with the emmys. >> thank you. >> congratulations on the peabody. >> it almost became what it was spoofing. it became a place you went to for news. not a place you west to watch
the news lampooned. i think the success of indecision 2000 proved that the show had something more to do than just make people laugh from 11 to 11:30. it was actually part of the national dialogue. >> am doing up -- >> he west from being interesting to hot to unavoidable. >> when jon stewart has left the building continues.
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around the world and say this is the way it's got to be. >> all right. >> over the years, stewart develops a no holds barred approach. if you fumble or don't get your facts straight stewart called you out. >> he has made newsmakers and politicsians and news in the media more conscientious about their gaffes. you see they articulate and go oh, it will end up on the "daily show." we must, and we will much about that be committed. >> that was either a screwup, or some profound yoda [ bleep ]. >> he would hit me on a gaffe. and it would be funny. but it would also kind of nudge you. sometimes it would be something just totally comical. or sometimes it would be almost like, you know you can do better than that reverend al.
you take it as a ha ha you better sharpen that up. but you never took it personally. >> but stewart's talents extend far beyond poking fun at politicians and the media. his audience also comes to depend on him as a reliable source of information. >> you know if i wanted to pick out one thing that best exemplifies our country's relationship with guns the phrase minor shooting incident exists. >> jon stewart became a voice for left-leaning liberals. and intelligent ones. but not ones who were just going to follow blindly. they were going to question everything every step of the way, whether it was the other party or their own. they were like wait a minute why are we doing this? and even worse, why are they doing that? >> here we are. progress. chaos created by one's own incompetence that is portrayed by others' malfeasance. >> international news for the
last 10 15 years has been incredibly depressing. it's been a tough time. and i think a lot of people wanted to tune it out. but jon stewart could make people smile. he could make them realize, yes, what's going on overseas is complicated, and dangerous, and depressing, but i'm going to tell it to you in a way that makes you laugh. and that got people engaged. >> every year it would come out that young people got, you know all their news from the "daily show," or most of their news from the "daily show." and other people were hand wringing that there was something wrong with that. what was behind that, though, it had ecease trustworthy. and part of that trust that turned him as a comedian as a trusted source of news part of that trust is emotional trust. that you actually have to believe in his authentic human take on whatever it is he's talking about. >> with a loyal and growing following, a who's who from
hollywood to washington, d.c. and everywhere in between starts to take notice. >> this just in. brokaw interviewed by jack ass. >> nailed it! >> the "daily show" became a destination for people who had serious political ambitions. and that i think, was the amazing thing. that's a tribute to jon and the intelligence of the writers on the show. >> he has one of the largest folgs and viewership in america. if you want votes, or ticket buyers or people to buy your book, or whatever it is that you are trying to get to amass, he has a dependable mass base. he went from being interesting to hot to unavoidable. >> stewart is not only admired by his fans but by his peers as well. >> jon knows his stuff. >> jon actually read all of the authors' books he had on the show, which is crazy. he reads a book like people look
through menus or pamphlets. >> i remember going on the "daily show" when my book came out. i wrote a book on national security issues. >> i just treated it like a second job kind of. >> it's been making everybody look bad is what i'm saying. i don't think any of us appreciate that. >> sorry. >> not only had he read the book, but he had read the other books in the field that i thought were relevant to you know, to sort of the context of what i had written about. there's no substitute for doing that work. and doing your own thinking and coming up with your own analysis. and that's, i think, in part why he has been so consistently engaging for all of these years. which is that he was bringing something new to the table every single night. and it was his own take on the issue. and that's irreplaceable. >> hello! and are you ready to to restore sanity! [ cheers and applause ] >> in 2010 jon stewart takes
his wildly popular show on the road. more than 200,000 attend the rally to restore sanity and/or fear in washington, d.c. hosted by stewart and steven colbert. >> we work together to get things done every damn day! [ cheers and applause ] >> stewart slams washington. and the media. >> the only place we don't is here, or on cable tv. >> he had the ability to really step up and challenge himself at calling ot the rest of the media for not doing its job properly. >> if we amplify everything, we hear nothing. >> jon stewart has something to say. and millions are listening. >> we're live. welcome to too many stars. >> in 2006 stewart begins using
his popularity to further a charitable cause. each year stewart calls on his celebrity friends to help raise money for autism. the night of too many stars has so far raised $18 million. while jon stewart is publicly shining a light on a cause he holds dear there is another charitable effort taking place, much more privately. to provide professional opportunities to u.s. war veterans. >> a corporation called american corporate partners reached out to jon stewart and asked him to mentor one veteran. >> american corporate partners is a not-for-profit organization that connects veterans like august to business leaders. >> jon stewart said don't give me one, give me 24. or 20. and i want to take them through the "daily show" program, and teach them what we do here. >> the "daily show" veteran
emerging program is born. and danel is one of the first to work alongside jon stewart and his staff. to date more than 70 veterans have benefited from the program. >> jon stewart was very involved with us. it's amazing to know that there are people out there in the country for these returning veterans that are coming home that really do care about them. that really do want them to succeed. and will do things above and beyond to help them succeed. >> coming up on the air after a national tragedy. >> we were all standing around looking like who's going to be the first one to start crying. >> when jon stewart has left the building continues. actually helps to support your muscle health? boost® high protein nutritional drink can help you get the protein you need. each serving has 15 grams of protein to help maintain muscle, plus 26 vitamins and minerals including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones. boost® high protein is the #1 selling high protein complete nutritional drink and it has a great taste-guaranteed! help get the nutrition you need everyday with boost® high protein. join
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that everyone understood intergenerational, young people could understand it but old people didn't have to ask their kids, what did he mean by that? >> jon stewart's popularity grows. and the "daily show" becomes a news maker itself. >> he had a great advantage. everyone wanted to be on his show. because he had that power, he can ask people anything and he usually did. >> when guests came on almost everything they did made some news. and it sort of powered a million blogs the next morning. >> all the candidates wanted to be on, even though i'm sure they were afraid at the same time. >> i think i know whose side they're on. >> they're on america's side. >> obama in particular has been pretty funny when he's been on there. >> if you could, i'd like you to hope up some of these common phrases people hear. i'm calling to ask if you're happy with your cell phone service.
>> i'm calling to find out if you're happy with your cell phone service. [ applause ] >> there's such an efishsficiency to our presidents now. and maybe if they're sitting there with jon stewart, people can see the other side of them. >> i'm issuing a new executive order. that jon stewart cannot leave the show. [ cheers and applause ] >> jon stewart is taken seriously by important guests. not only because he's popular, but because he sheds light on issues in a way no one else does. >> jon's brand of satire is valuable. people retain information more if it entertains them. if you can get an important idea across to me and make me laugh at the same time i'm going to remember it. >> here he tackles george w. bush's handling of the economy. >> what's interesting what the
price of gas has done. the marketplace works. >> it's interesting what the mortgage crisis has done to get more people to live outside. marketplace works. >> stewart isn't afraid to challenge politicians on hot topics, like climate change. >> how long will it take for the sea level to rise two feet? i mean think about it. if your ice cube melts in your glass, it doesn't overflow. it's displacement. some of the things they're talking about, mathematically and scientifically don't make sense. >> are you [ bleep ] kidding me! are you [ bleep ] kidding me! >> stewart is an early critic of the iraq war which is waged through much of his run as host of the "daily show." >> let's start with the continuing coverage of mesopotamia. >> what he was trying to ask us to look into just run the evidence past me one more time. i'm not sure that i understand
it. and that's what a lot of journalists felt like they wish they had done in retrospect is really questioned what's the impetus for this. >> by the way, you can have all these screwups just call now and order. >> sometimes even for jon stewart, there is no punch line. >> jon stewart allowed himself the vulnerability of being emotional at times and not even knowing how to deal with it, except allowing those emotions to come out. >> and sometimes his authentic human take is sad, or speechless, or moved in a way that makes him not want to be funny. >> i didn't do my job today. so i apologize. i got nothing for you in terms of, like jokes and sounds. because of what happened in south carolina. >> this wasn't a gimmick. this wasn't something that he was conjuring up. he had nothing. and then we went there with him, because we had nothing.
>> i honestly have nothing. other than just sadness. once again, that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other, in the nexus of a gaping racial wound that will not heal yet we pretend doesn't exist. >> i think that captured the sort of we'reweariness in america, about guns violence. he shared in our exhaustion with it all. there's something disarming about that. >> perhaps the most difficult moment in the show's history, finding the right words after 9/11. >> there's no other way to really start the show than to ask you at home the question that we asked the audience here tonight, and that we've asked everybody that we know here in new york since september 11th, and that is are you okay? >> jon spoke from the heart and didn't go for the joke.
it was moving but its strength is that it gauged exactly what we needed at that moment. >> any fool can destroy. but to see these guys these firefighters, these policemen and people from all over the country literally with buckets, rebuilding. that -- that is -- that's extraordinary. and that's why we've already won. >> we're all watching the show being taped, and we're all standing around looking, okay who's going to be the first one to start crying. >> the view from my apartment was the world trade center. and now it's gone. and they attacked it.
this symbol of american ingenuity, and strength and labor, and imagination, and commerce. and it is gone. do you know what the view is now? the statue of liberty. >> it was a really terrible, terrible time in new york. and i think what he did was really brave and eloquent and heart-felt. and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. >> the view from the south of manhattan is now the statue of liberty. you can't beat that. >> it was really like one of those moments where you're never going to forget it the rest of your life. >> we'll be right bark.
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as it turns out, he was there. so so, that was weird. >> stewart also confronts journalists, like judith miller. >> i believe that you helped the administration take us to like the most devastating mistake in foreign policy that we've made in like 100 years. but you seem lovely. >> he's done a very good job taking people to task. he was relentless. the more he would dig in firing back, he would dig in going after them. he couldn't be intimidated. >> stewart isn't even intimidated by some of america's sacred institutions like chicago style pizza. >> this is not pizza. this is tomato soup in a bread bowl. this is an above-ground marinara swimming pool for rats. >> through the years, no one person, or entity is a bigger
target of the "daily show" than fox news. >> your job is to discredit any source of criticism that might hurt the conservative brand. >> fox news is the gift that keeps on giving. you almost think it's fake. you know you kind of -- you think, boy, you have good comedy writers. it's chilling but it's funny. >> santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black santa. but santa is what he is just so you know we're just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids. >> i think if anything made him angry is when he could point out that somebody was saying a blatant lie or completely wrong. you could feel that anger and fury coming out. >> chaos on bull [ bleep ] mountain! >> in one episode, jon spent the entire show impersonating the antics of then fox news host glenn beck. >> i'm not saying believing there should be a minimum standard of how much lead could
be in our paint. might lead to the government having the right to sterilize and kill jews. i'm not saying that that might be the case. i'm saying that's the case. >> but stewart's favorite sparring partner at fox is bill o'reilly. >> like anyone else, i love the o'reilly interviews. they're crazy television. >> you and i are lucky guys. it's not because we're white. you think i'm sitting here because i'm white? what are you a moron? i'm sitting here because i'm obnoxious, not because i'm white. >> when the sword is so sharp, someone as jon would have it's so fun watching someone get schick kabobed. >> did that upbringing leave a mark on you today? >> yes. >> could black people live in levitttown. >> not at that time they could not. >> that, my friend is what we call in the business white
privilege. >> okay. >> he was honestly interested in about what bill o'reilly does and make him answer for. >> the far receipt seems like an obvious source of material. but sometimes the left gets hit just as hard. >> we are an equal opportunity offender offender, which means if there was bad behavior we were going to comment on it and we would very happily cross political and party lines. >> that's the case when secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius stops by to discuss the rollout of the obamacare website. >> we're going to do a challenge. i'm going to try and download every movie ever made and you're going to try to sign up for obamacare and we'll see which happens first. >> i think what makes jon stewart so powerful is that he can look at what his own people are doing, and say, hello, what are we doing? and honestly that's the
important thing, if you're going to be a pundit you have to look at everything. particularly if you're going to be a funny pundit. >> one of stewart's most infamous confrontations comes on march 12th, 2009 when cnbc mad money host takes on one of the most financial crises in the state. >> how in the hell did we end up here mr. cramer? >> i don't know. >> i think jon was trying to channel this national sense of anger at everything that had happened. so when jim cramer got in that room, he was the embodiment of everything that jon wanted to take down. and boy, did he take him down. >> it feels like we are capitalizing your adventure by our pension and our hard-earned -- and that it is a game that you know that you know is going on but that you go on television as a financial network and pre tend isn't happening. [ applause ]
>> when jon is faced with someone that is infuriating, and you're just thinking sick him, jon, sick him. >> you knew what the banks were doing. and yet we're touting it for months and months. the entire network was. and so now to pretend that this was some sort of crazy once in a lifetime tsunami that nobody could have seen coming is disingenuous at best, and criminal at worst. >> he is so armed with facts and he's so armed with quips, they have no idea what's coming. >> we made mistakes. you got 17 hours of live tv a day to do. >> maybe you could cut down on that. >> coming up the "daily show's" cast of correspondents gets big laughs. >> he had this sort of amazing combination of arrogance and stupidity. it just worked perfectly together. >> when jon stewart has left the building continues. why? because red lobster's crabfest is back. and i'm diving into so much crab, so many ways.
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jon stewart has played a major role in redefining how the public gets its news. but the "daily show" was never a one-man show. >> let me assure my viewers that from now on there will be no -- out. >> ladies, am i right? what's up? >> my sources tell me if he doesn't win, his mother has said she will stop loving him. >> many of the show's on-air correspondents have gone on to become major players in hollywood and on tv. steve carell ed helms, john oliver steven colbert, and countless others. all rose to fame after cutting their teeth sharing air time with stewart. >> when jon came on he knew that he needed correspondents.
he needed people to play off of. >> jon's front and center. but i think jon let all of us shine. >> even i felt gay buying a ticket to this movie. >> i got to work with steve carell and i got to work with steven colbert. colbert and carell were two of the most naturally funny people i've ever met in my life. >> they were so effortlessly bam, every time every writer is like, give it to steve. >> good idea at the time. we tested the effects of massive quantities of alcohol on a human subject. >> specifically, steve carell. >> we did an anti-drinking piece where we actually just went out and locked off a camera and carell drank and drank and drank until he was actually really drunk. >> it is now 10:35. seven drinks. >> steve carell had this sort of amazing combination of arrogance
and stupidity, which just worked perfectly together. >> how do you reconcile the fact that you were one of the most vocal critics of pork barrel politics, yet while you were chairman of the commerce committee, that committee set a record for unauthorized appropriation? i'm just kidding. no, i don't -- i don't even know what that means. >> colbert found his persona, and ran with it. >> have you had a chance to go to disney world? >> actually, i didn't make it. >> did you have a chance to go to universal studios? >> no i missed those fund-raisers. >> have you had a chance to lie to congress? >> when colbert was given his turn at the anchor desk fans and producers took notice. >> he did a movie called "death to smooching." the correspondents were given their night to fill in with jon.
>> ironically i'm steven colbert. >> we're watching and we're like, this guy should have his own show. he hit it out of the park. >> if my presence here makes the fake news you're about to hear any less credible, i've done my job. >> to see a guy who had that many comedic skills to show us what he has, was magic. >> the steves may be a-listers now, but how they landed on a little cable show in the late '90s is the stuff of legend. >> this agent called me up and said, i'm going to send you a tape of this guy named steven colbert. it was a sketch called "waiters who are nauseated by food" from the short-lived dana carvy show. >> a mint jelly that -- oh -- that -- that comes with asparagus tips and caper sauce. >> i took one look and called the guy back and said when can
he start? >> two seasons later the "daily show" was looking for more talent. >> i called back. i knew it was crazy. i said hey, do you have another steven colbert? he said go back to the tape that you loved so much and look at the waiter in the back. that was his best friend steve carell. and the rest as they say, is history. >> but everybody was great. they all had different personas. >> i loved working with beth because she had this great combination of sincerity and sarcasm. >> you know jon, it's an american tradition. how can a young girl expect to gain any self-esteem if she isn't allowed to be judged parading around with a paton? >> we would put vaseline on the lens even though we didn't need
to. >> i sat down with my fair share of dysfunctional child stars. todd bridges, a very bitter david cassidy. >> boy george and i had a lot of and i had a lot of fun. >> have you ever thought about settling down marrying nicole kidman and adopting a couple of kids? >> the crack team of fake reporters helped stewart make "the daily show" appointment television cleverly tamming any topic from race relations -- >> you're saying in these times the new face of criminality is now white? >> i'm glad you're finally admitting you thought it was black. >> to terrorism. >> we're trying to do a thing here where we say iranians hate americans. can you do that for me? >> to taxes. >> new jersey has the highest property tax in the nation. >> i know. what are you getting for it? it's an awful state. >> exactly. >> we hired great people and they went on to greatness. >> the correspondents on that show have such a great platform to establish who they are, what their voice is what their point
of view is. i would imagine anyone that's been on that show and has shown how funny they can be haas a big future in front of them. >> so yes, behindendnd every great host is a great cast of characters and no one knows that better than the man himself. >> when you look at the talent that has passed through these door, it had been hard to screw this show up. i want to thank everybody who lent their talents to this program. it meant the world. >> a big part of his legacy will be jon stewart executive producer. jon stewart as launcher of careers. >> what you want is a leader who is able to mentor people on the show and not feel jealous when their talent begins to rise. and i think instead of being upset about that or competitive, he felt pride in that. and that i think, is what a leader is. >> thank you very much. >> oh no! thank you, jon! coming up jon says his final "daily show" good-bye. when jon stewart has left the building continues. we both drive a stick,
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>> you are are tiring at the top of your game you're spend all this time with your kids. it may be two month, six months six weeks, you'll be on that farm in new jersey with your family hanging out and you'll -- your kids will turn to you and say "dad we love you, get a [ bleep ]ing job." [ cheers and applause ] >> after 16 years, more than 2500 enpisodes, 20 emmys and two peabody awards, the curtain has closed on "the daily show" with jon stewart. his last show raises more than $2 million for new york collaborates for autism in a raffle-like drawing to attend the final taping. as jon stewart leaves the set, adoring fans are left to wonder what's next. some believe it will be a stab at career as a movie director. >> i'm going shoot a little
movie there based on an amazing story that began with a field piece. >> in 2013 jon stewart took an extended hiatus from "the daily show," 12 weeks, to direct his first movie "rosewater." >> i got the sense just from what i read that jon stewart really enjoyed his first directorial effort as a filmmaker and i wouldn't be surprised if we don't see more of that. i hope he takes a little bit of a vacation and figures out whatever he wants to do. but certainly there will be people who can't wait to see what he does next. >> he's been doing this show for 17 years so he probably -- the first thing he'll probably do is rest. >> you want to take some time to just remember what your family looks like. and enjoy these things called evening evenings. >> so many are curious. what will the new "daily show" look like in the hands of a relatively unknown south african comic, trevor noah. >> welcome to "the daily show" with me trevor know wanchts i'm excited to see what the new
"daily show" is. i think a new host brings a new sensibility, a new point of view is always exciting to see. i think the smart thing that they're doing is not trying to reinvent it. >> hey, trevor. could you give me like 20 more minutes? >> oh! >> it will be exciting to see what trevor noah brings to it. >> trevor noah is very funny and smart and, more than anything charming and really likable. that's kind of what you need. i believe in him. i hope it goes well. >> of course "the daily show" has transitioned before. but following jon stewart, many feel trevor noah has big shoes to fill. >> jon stewart from soup to nuts in terms of the way that show is orchestrated, it's been so good night after night for so long. i think he's changed media and politics more than he will ever admit. but i will miss watching him on
tv. >> i think he'll be remembered as someone who helped young people get through this horrible period that has been the 9/11 generation. >> i think he will be always revered as someone who learned the lines between news and comedy and who became the conscience of a generation. >> every once in a while you see an original and jon stewart is an original. >> hey guess what? i got big news! this is it! this is the final episode. >> on thursday night that original signed off "the daily show" on comedy central for the last time. >> i'll never forget you, jon, but i will be trying. >> good riddance smart ass. >> and just when i'm running for president. what a bummer. >> see you, pipsqueak. >> have fun feeding your rabbits, quitter. >> i'm jon stewart, i'm dumb i'm stupid nyah nyah nyah.
so long jackass. >> i have been asked and have the privilege to say something to you that is not in the prompter. >> don't do this. >> you said to me and many other people here never to thank you because we owe you nothing. it's one of the few times i've known you to be dead wrong. we owe you and we are better people for having known you. you are a great artist and a good man. >> i've worked in a lot of different atmospheres at varying levels of toxicity. and this is the beautiful beautiful place i've ever been and i'll never have that again and i had to come to terms with that before leaving, knowing what i was walking away from. >> the end of an era. comedian writer producer director actor and kritic >> guys let me make something clear. i'm not dying [ laughter ] >> jon stewart has left the building.
>> welcome to "the daily show"! my name is jon stewart. we have a program for you tonight! >> "the daily show" may be fake news, but it makes a real impact. >> oppression. just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn't mean it has to change. >> it's fresh and new and original and smart every night. >> and for a decade and a half the force behind the machine was jon stewart. >> it became "did you watch jon stewart last night?" >> you're getting into a bad place, my friend. >> he will be revered as someone who blurred the lines between news and comedy. >> how the hell did we end up here mr.