Jon Stewart is back at The Daily Show! Over a year after Trevor Noah stepped away from the popular late-night talk show, his predecessor is coming in to cover the 2024 election. Stewart was the host of The Daily Show from 1999 until 2015. But for fans who think he will make a daily appearance, think again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jon Stewart is only coming back to The Daily Show on Monday nights. A team of correspondents will handle all other nights. He previously expressed that doing The Daily Show was supremely exhausting, so this is a nice plan to prevent burnout while still doing something he loves. Who wouldn’t want to work one day a week and (presumably) make lots of money?
He will begin his assignment on February 12 and also serve as an executive producer. Here’s what Chris McCarthy, President/CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios had to say about Stewart’s return:
“Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honored to have him return to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season. In our age of staggering hypocrisy and performative politics, Jon is the perfect person to puncture the empty rhetoric and provide much-needed clarity with his brilliant wit.”
This is an interesting (and quite logical) move after Stewart left his Apple TV+ show, The Problem. That exit stemmed from creative differences between him and the company over potential topics and guests. Sometimes, circling back to a previous workplace for another round is not a bad idea. He certainly still has a fanbase that will tune in for his trademark commentary and wit. We will absolutely need both during this election year.