Trump claims Stewart wants him to appear on the final show of The Daily Show on August 6:
They have invited me. I like Jon Stewart — I think he’s good. They’re begging me to go on. I would do it … the problem is it looks like pandering. It looks so false and so phony if I do it.
On Obama appearing on the show:
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with President Obama having done it. I know he took a lot of heat, you know, because they said, ‘What are you doing on a comedy show?’ I think it’s OK. It would’ve been better if he had Stewart come over to the White House, because it would’ve cost nothing. Stewart would’ve loved it, and you’d have saved a lot of money.
President Obama makes his last appearance on The Daily Show before Stewart’s retirement.
I can’t believe you’re leaving before me, I’m going to issue an executive order. Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It’s being challenged in courts.
Stewart speaks about the Charleston Church Shootings in a non-comedic opening monologue:
I didn’t do my job today. And maybe if I wasn’t nearing the end of the run or this wasn’t such a common occurrence maybe I could’ve pulled out of the spiral, but I didn’t.
If America had considered this Islamic terrorism we’ll torture people…We’ve got to do whatever we can to keep Americans safe. Nine people shot in a church, what about that? ‘Hey, what are you gonna do, crazy is as crazy is, right?’ That’s the part that I cannot for the life of me wrap my head around…The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals, and the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him.
Stewart explains why he is leaving The Daily Show:
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…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. Another plus of leaving? Not having to watch the news to keep up: Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Noah talks about The Daily Show and his role. Noah doesn’t consider himself to be taking over the show, but rather he is simply joining a successful team of writers and producers. He goes on to talk about similarities between he and Stewart: they share the same progressive ideology and “think in a global space.” Noah says he is looking forward to being a part of election coverage because he loves the drama surrounding the campaigns.
I don’t think of taking over. I’m joining the team. It’s a huge ship that has won Emmys and Peabodys for a reason, because it’s a fantastic team of writers and producers working to make that show magic…One thing we both share: We are both progressives. Obviously where you’re from may inform a lot of your decisions. But traveling the world I’ve learned that progressives, regardless of their locations, think in a global space…When you are honest in your comedy, you have to acknowledge the world that you’re in. Through a comedic voice you’re talking about what needs to be talked about, whether it’s race relations or politics or anything that’s happening on a global or an American scale. That’s exactly the space “The Daily Show” is in.
Hirsi Ali is interviewed by Stewart on The Daily Show:
Talk of reformation in Islam has been underway for a while, Yes, there is a great deal of violence in the name of Islam, but there is a emerging and incredibly imporat minority of reformers who are risking their lives to get this change done. And I stand with them. I hope you stand with them.
For the Night of Too Many Stars autism benefit, Rudd agreeds to let audience members come up on stage, spin the wheel, and do to him whatever the wheel instructs. Stewart MCs. One woman slaps him, and when the wheel hits Baby Bird, Joe from Queens gets to spit some food into Rudd’s mouth.
Seacrest interviews Stewart during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about writing and directing his film Rosewater. The film is about the life and capture of Maziar Bahari by Iranian forces.
He was an Iranian journalist that we met when we sent somebody to Iran to cover the new Axis of Evil. And he spoke with us, along with a couple of other people, and the Iranian officials arrested him in 2009 and showed him the piece he did with our stupid show as evidence that he was a spy. And they kept him in solitary for 118 days. So I thought, ‘Jeez, I could either give him a gift certificate to like a Baskin Robins, or maybe make a movie about him?’ I had to make it up somehow.
Stewart interviews Hillary Clinton in promotion of her upcoming book. During the interview, Stewart attempts to get Clinton to make the big announcement of her presidential candidacy on his show. Clinton:
You kind of spoiled it, so I have to reconsider where I go do it.
Stewart wins Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook).
This is the entirety of the human experience. How we got here, what we did while we were here, and obviously, how we’re leaving. We’ll tell you, it’s really quite funny.
Stewart speaks about his comedy taking on a more political tone in an interview with O Magazine.
It was a conscious decision to move to relevance—to make the show something people care about. I had done a talk show where it was, Ladies and gentlemen, tonight we’re doing three segments instead of two with Maria Conchita Alonso. Because it turns out the guy with the falcons is not going to come tonight. I thought, This can’t be how I live my life. So I decided not to give a crap about what anybody else thought anymore.
Stewart wins the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents…America: A Citizen’s Guide To Democracy Inaction.