For the 2024 election season, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show will welcome back former host Jon Stewart on a part-time basis. When Trevor Noah left the show in December 2022, Comedy Central had to find a permanent replacement; thus, throughout 2023, the show relied on its guest hosts and correspondents. At the Emmys, Roy Wood Jr. made public pleas, but ultimately, it was decided not to hire a full-time presenter. Jon Stewart, on the other hand, will be back for Monday night shows.
“After much reflection, I have decided to enter the transfer portal for my last year of eligibility,” Stewart said on social media to announce his comeback. Looking forward to the future with excitement!” Along with some personal information, The Daily Show-related hashtags were also included in the tweet.
President/CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios Chris McCarthy reacted to Stewart’s return by saying, “Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honored to have him return to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season.” McCarthy highlighted that in a time of theatrical politics and political dishonesty, Stewart may offer clarity.
Variety reports that Jon Stewart will continue to anchor Monday night shows through 2025 and the 2024 elections. Correspondents from The Daily Show will continue to alternate at the hosting desk for the Tuesday through Thursday shows.
Stewart took over as host of The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn in 1999 and stayed on the show until 2015. Notably, he departed before Donald Trump’s ascent to prominence and the 2016 presidential contest. After leaving, Stewart directed movies including Irresistible (2020) and Rosewater (2014). With his Apple TV+ series The Problem, which aired from 2021 to 2023 when the streaming service dropped it, he made a comeback into politics. Stewart’s return to The Daily Show was made possible by this cancellation.
Reviving Jon Stewart is viewed as a calculated attempt to negotiate the complicated political environment before the 2024 elections. It is anticipated that Stewart’s humor and distinct viewpoint will offer perceptive criticism of the status of circumstances right now. For Tuesday through Thursday shows, the decision to keep a rotating pool of reporters shows a dedication to diversity and different perspectives while covering the daily news.
Trevor Noah hosted The Daily Show from September 2015 until December 2022. Noah ended up leaving as he missed traveling around the world doing stand-up comedy, and that was impossible to do with the consistency of his schedule while he was hosting. There has been a revolving door of temporary hosts since Noah left, and Jon Stewert will be somewhat of a return to normalcy, hosting every Monday to cover the 2024 Presidential election that will almost certainly be between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.
Fans of The Daily Show are excited about Stewart’s return because they want to see his perspective on the modern political landscape. Stewart has a history with the show and a solid reputation as a shrewd political analyst, so his Monday night broadcasts should garner interest and help the program stay relevant in the late-night comedy scene.