Jon Stewart says Upcoming 2016 Election Caused him to Resign from “Daily Show”; Calls Network News Channels “Incredibly Depressing”

Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

“I’d covered an election four times, and it didn’t appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one,” late-night host says in new interview

Jon Stewart is speaking out about why he decided to ditch “The Daily Show.”

In a revealing new interview, the late-night host said “dissatisfaction” and the 2016 presidential election were the main reasons he chose to step down.

“It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction,’” Stewart told U.K. newspaper The Guardian in a story published Saturday.

The lengthy interview comes two months after the satirical news anchor announced he planned to leave “The Daily Show” after 16 years on the Comedy Central news desk.

With the presidential election fast approaching, Stewart knew it was time for a change. “I’d covered an election four times, and it didn’t appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one,” he said.

After nearly two decades, Stewart joked that another plus to stepping down is he won’t have to watch the “relentless” 24-hour news networks anymore.

“Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing,” Stewart said. “I live in a constant state of depression. I think of us as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds, hopefully I don’t get turd lung disease.”

Stewart began his long “Daily Show” relationship on Jan. 11, 1999, taking over for Craig Kilborn, who had anchored the program for three years. Kilborn left Comedy Central for CBS’s “Late Late Show.”

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SOURCE: Anita Bennett
The Wrap

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