Jon Stewart made just his third major TV appearance since he retired from the Daily Show last year. We already covered the first two — the time he returned to TDS to talk about the 9/11 First Responders bill, and the much stranger time he hit John Cena with a chair at the WWE SummerSlam. But this latest appearance is the healthiest dose of Stewart we’ve gotten since he handed the Daily Show keys to Trevor Noah.
We’ve all been longing to see Stewart’s take on the bizarre nightmare world that is the 2016 election. Though we’ve seen him speak out occasionally, like in this YouTube video where he talks about Trump in an interview with David Axelrod, we haven’t gotten the full perspective. Until now.
Stewart took over the Late Show desk of former network neighbor Stephen Colbert last night to talk about his favorite subject: no, not the election itself, but the media coverage of the election. He rips into Sean Hannity (whom he refers to only as “Lumpy”) and others for their contradictory, un-self-aware coverage of the Trump phenomenon. Throw in a little grave-dancing on Roger Ailes’ career, some deep thoughts on divisive rhetoric, and another mention of the 9/11 First Responders bill, and it’s all over in a cruelly short few minutes.
We’re not some jilted ex-lovers who’ll beg him to come back. We want him to enjoy his retirement. But damn, it sure does feel good to get a taste of what we used to love so dearly.
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