Maybe it’s a bit silly to be sad because a host of a thirty minute show on Comedy Central is moving on to do other things, but it can be upsetting – especially when you’ve followed that person for several years. For people like myself, Jon Stewart was a big part of my routine. Whenever anything ridiculous in politics was going on, one of the first things I’d think is, “I cannot wait to see how Jon Stewart will mock this stupidity.”
Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny Stewart’s place among the all-time greats in anything related to the news media. I’ve said it numerous times before, but he revolutionized how many people got the news. Heck, I know people who became interested in politics because they watched his show.
Well, it’s all over. While Stewart might eventually emerge somewhere else (I really hope via his own show on HBO), Trevor Noah is now host of The Daily Show. And while I have high hopes for him as host, I don’t envy his task of trying to replace a legend.
However, Stewart couldn’t leave without saying one last “goodbye,” so to speak. And by “goodbye” I mean he went off on one last epic rant about bullsh*t.
“Bullsh*t – is everywhere!” Stewart said, with the entire segment thankfully left uncensored by Comedy Central.
He started out by covering all the “bullsh*t” from the Patriot Act, to Dodd Frank to how our elections are being bought by billionaires through clever tricks they’ve used because our laws regulating how campaigns are financed are an absolute joke.
“Finally, it’s the bullsh*t of infinite possibility,” Stewart said. “These bullsh*tters cover their unwillingness to act under the guise of unending inquiry. We can’t do anything because we don’t yet know everything. We cannot take action on climate change until everyone in the world agrees gay marriage vaccines won’t cause our children to marry goats who are gonna come for our guns.”
Trust me, if you have a few minutes, watch this segment. Reading parts of it just doesn’t do it justice.
Though he did offer advice on how we can all deal with the bullsh*t.
“The best defense against bullsh*t is vigilance,” he continued. “So if you smell something, say something.”
It was a fitting end to what was an absolutely legendary career as host of The Daily Show, but it was also bittersweet. While his last episode was mostly filled with fun, lighthearted jokes and appearances from basically everyone who even had the slightest bit of importance as a correspondent or guest – it’s still a bit surreal to know that we can no longer refer to Jon Stewart as the current host of The Daily Show.
He will be sorely missed.
Watch the segment below via Comedy Central: