The sad, terrible day is approaching when Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show behind and he announced it last night.
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Stewart offered an interview to The Guardian this week and went into more about the reasons he has decided to leave.
It's not satisfying anymore: “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.’”
He wants to try something different: “[If I left the show,] I would do what I’m doing. Whether it’s standup, the show, books or films, I consider all this just different vehicles to continue a conversation about what it means to be a democratic nation, and to have it written into the constitution that all men are created equal – but to live with that for 100 years with slaves. How do those contradictions play themselves out? And how do we honestly assess our failings and move forward with integrity?”
He was sick of the format and wants to see his kids more: “Honestly, it was a combination of the limitations of my brain and a format that is geared towards following an increasingly redundant process, which is our political process. I was just thinking, ‘Are there other ways to skin this cat?’ And, beyond that, it would be nice to be home when my little elves get home from school, occasionally.”
He dreads the upcoming election: “I’d covered an election four times, and it didn’t appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one."