Jon Stewart “Daily Show” Final Episode: Watch Emotional Goodbyes From Stars And Politicians (VIDEO)
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart“ aired its final episode on Thursday night on Comedy Central, following a 16 year-plus run. Among the highlights and surprises included all of the show’s former correspondents returning, a performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Stewart’s closing monologue and, of course, the final moment of zen. Watch below!
Stewart was reunited with former correspondents Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Ed Helms, Rob Corddry, Olivia Munn, John Oliver, and many more. They all appeared one-by-one early in the show to “help cover” Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, but really to say goodbye to their former boss.
Of course, not a single one of the former employees gave the most heartfelt farewell, but instead used the platform to either selfishly promote their own projects or throw a jab at Stewart. Stewart, however, was kinder to his former employees, saying, “When you look at all the talent who’ve walked through these doors, it would have been hard to screw the show up.”
Colbert came out last to compare his and Stewart’s relationship to that of best friends Sam and Frodo from The Lord of the Rings. Colbert, who will begin hosting the “Late Show” on CBS, then gave a truly heartfelt goodbye. He told Stewart that every correspondent whose careers he helped launch owed him “everything,” and were “better people for having known him.” Stewart choked up and did his best to hold back tears during Colbert’s touching tribute.
There were also many videotaped farewells from major politicians and news pundits, including Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Chris Christie, John Kerry, Bill O’Reilly, and John McCain, all of whom insulted Stewart and were happy about his departure.
Stewart parodied a classic scene from Goodfellas with a taped bit that had a camera travel through the office in a single take, while he narrated the action and introduced all of his staff members. He ended the segment by calling his employees “the best in the business.”
For his final monologue, Stewart addressed the camera and announced that “bullsh*t is everywhere,” running down various issues that the U.S. and world at large are currently facing. The last people that Stewart thanked were the audience, as well as his wife and kids. Finally, Stewart introduced the final moment of zen, which was a musical send-off from one of his favorite musicians, Bruce Springsteen who along with the E Street band performed “Land of Hopes and Dreams” and “Born To Run.”
Check out the video below from the final moments of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and tell us what you think.