The Guardian just published a good story and interview with Jon Stewart. It is definitely worth a read for people who want to know more about him, and what the future may hold.
Here’s one paragraph to whet your appetite:
When George Bush left office in 2008, some worried that Stewart would run out of material. This proved as shortsighted as the hope that Obama would be America’s grand salvation. Stewart, who describes himself as “a leftist”, has always hammered the Democrats with the vigour of a disappointed supporter, and subjected Obama to one of his most damaging interviews during his first term: the president admitted that his 2008 slogan probably should have been “Yes We Can, But…” At the time, Stewart laughed, but today he admits with a shrug, “It was heartbreaking. It’s generally heartbreaking – that’s what the gig is.”
I’ve probably mentioned it before, but watching Stewart on the Daily Show was one of the main reasons I started this blog. Humor is always the best medicine.
I think one factor may be (may be) emotional one. He has worked with so many great people that graduated and went on to do bigger and better things. But I think recently so many things rapidly changed, that he may have felt that its his time to quit as well. So Colbert (although a separate show, but associated) left, John Oliver left, I think Aasif left as well (not sure), but definitely Jason Jones and Samantha Bee also left recently. He may be feeling that he has done his job, entertaining people for 16-17 years and bringing so much talented people in light.
Well said, Hassan.