Jon Stewart: I Don’t Want David Letterman’s Job, Stephen Colbert Is Better

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By Daniel Gates

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Jon Stewart has a recommendation on who should replace the retiring David Letterman: his pal Stephen Colbert. “I know someone who would be amazing [for the job],” he told Vulture at an event on Wednesday, referring to his longtime Comedy Central colleague. Stewart explained, “He is a uniquely talented individual. He’s wonderful in Colbert Report, but he’s got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable.”

“The Daily Show” host seems to have no interest in taking Letterman’s spot for himself. “I don’t have that gear, I don’t think,” he said. “I just don’t really have it anymore. I really like what I do, not that Stephen doesn’t. But he has a real opportunity to broaden out in a way that I don’t.”

Does he think Colbert can go beyond the “Stephen Colbert” character he portrays? Stewart told the outlet, “He’s done an amazing job with just that very narrow cast of character, but he’s got a lot more he can show. He’s got some skill sets that are really applicable, interviewing-wise, but also he’s a really, really good actor and also an excellent improvisational comedian.” “He’s also got great writing skills. He’s got a lot of the different capacities. Being able to expand upon [those] would be exciting,” explained Stewart.

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