Jon Stewart is set to make a comeback to his former home at Comedy Central on February 12, and he will be the executive producer for all episodes until 2025.
Jon Stewart, the acclaimed host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,” is making a part-time comeback. He will be hosting the show on Mondays through the 2024 presidential election cycle and continue as an executive producer until at least 2025.
While Stewart will only host on Mondays, he will executive produce all episodes. The remaining days of the week will feature a rotating group of the show’s “All-Star Correspondents.” Stewart’s choice of the Monday slot is strategic, as it is typically the most viewed episode of the week, recapping the weekend’s news.
“The Daily Show” first aired in 1996 with Craig Kilborn as its host, but it was during Stewart’s tenure from 1999 to 2015 that the show gained significant public attention. While Kilborn’s version was largely irreverent and pop culture-focused, Stewart transformed it into a politically charged and satirical program during the Bush administration, critiquing both the mass media and politicians. Stewart’s version of the show also served as a launchpad for several comedians, including Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, and Samantha Bee. His work on “The Daily Show” earned him widespread praise and 20 Emmy awards.
Jon Stewart left “The Daily Show” in the summer of 2015 and was succeeded by Trevor Noah, who had joined the show as a contributor the previous year. Noah left the series in December 2022. Since then, instead of appointing a new permanent host, Comedy Central decided to use the series as a stage for various comedians to guest host throughout 2023. Comedians such as Leslie Jones, Wanda Sykes, D. L. Hughley, Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Al Franken, John Leguizamo, Marlon Wayans, Kal Penn, Hasan Minhaj, Desus Nice, Michelle Wolf, Charlamagne tha God, and long-time correspondents Roy Wood, Jr., Jordan Klepper, and Desi Lydic all took turns hosting the show that year, with a break during the WGA strike.
After leaving the show that brought him fame, Stewart launched a new show, “The Problem With Jon Stewart,” on Apple TV+ in 2021. This show, which adopted a more in-depth journalistic approach than “The Daily Show,” was discontinued after two seasons, allegedly due to Apple’s disagreement with the show’s portrayal of artificial intelligence.