Comedian Jon Stewart is making a comeback on “The Daily Show,” where he will serve as a weekly host and executive producer throughout the U.S. elections cycle until 2024. Comedy Central announced that starting February 12, Stewart will host the show every Monday, while a rotating lineup of regulars will take over for the rest of the week.
Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, expressed the network’s excitement about having Stewart back, describing him as the voice of their generation. Stewart originally hosted “The Daily Show” for 16 years, from 1999 to 2015, becoming known for his sharp wit and humorous take on current events.
Over the years, “The Daily Show” has been a platform for satirical commentary, with hosts like Craig Kilborn, Jon Stewart, and Trevor Noah. The show, which recently won an Emmy Award for best talk series, has maintained a tradition of skewering both the left and the right, using the media as a character and delivering humor with a straight face.
Stewart, an iconic figure in the realm of comedy, left “The Daily Show” in 2015 but has always spoken fondly of his time there. The show’s legacy includes serving as a talent incubator, propelling the careers of comedians like John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and others.
After leaving “The Daily Show,” Stewart hosted “The Problem With Jon Stewart,” which debuted in 2021 but was canceled on the Apple TV+ streaming service. The show tackled divisive topics such as racism, climate change, mass incarceration, and gun control.
Stewart’s return to “The Daily Show” is met with anticipation, and his role as executive producer until 2025 indicates his involvement in shaping the show’s future. It remains to be seen who will host the show after the November election, and Comedy Central looks forward to Stewart bringing his brilliant wit to help make sense of the political landscape.