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Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Jon Stewart takes over The Late Show to take on President Trump's immigrant family separation controversy
“Hello, Donald. It’s me, the guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter,” Stewart, a Late Show executive producer, said in briefly taking over Stephen Colbert's desk. “I know you’re upset about all the criticism you’ve been taking in the ‘fake news’ and the ‘fake late-night shows.’ It’s just that we’re still having a little trouble adjusting to your presidency as it goes into its 500th year.” The former Daily Show host said of Trump's immigrant family separation controversy, “Boy, you f*cked that up.” Stewart added: “Clearly, we’re not going to be able to negotiate or shame you into decency, but there is one place where I draw the line: I won’t allow you and your sycophants to turn your cruelty into virtue."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Jon Stewart defends Samantha Bee, warns that "we mistake cultural power for power"
"They don't give a sh*t about the word 'c*nt,'" the former Daily Show host said of the White House's reaction to Bee, his longest-serving correspondent, calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" on her Full Frontal show. Stewart made his comments Sunday night in a Q&A at Comedy Central's Clusterfest in San Francisco, where he seemed to imply that Bee shouldn't have apologized for using the C-word, according to The Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein. Stewart said there is nothing anyone can do to “make them give up this ‘We’re the real victims’ game,” because, “it’s a game, it’s a strategy, and it’s working.” Before that, according to Wilstein, Stewart spoke about feeling "oddly culpable" for perpetuating the notion that his nightly Daily Show monologues eviscerating the right had more power than they actually did. “We mistake cultural power for power," he said. According to Wilstein, Stewart said while he took “great cathartic satisfaction” in the segments he did on that show, he also recognized that “there is a corrosive thing that happens to you when your life is based on impotent rage.”
- Samantha Bee plans to address the "feckless c*nt" backlash on her show Wednesday
- Bee's Full Frontal executive producer Miles Kahn was proud that "feckless c*nt" was trending
- John Oliver alluded to Bee's controversy on Last Week Tonight, saying of Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "What is wrong with you, you feckless – oh, never mind, it’s not worth it. Bad idea"
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Jon Stewart to report for ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday
The former Daily Show host, who has become an advocate for military veterans since leaving television, will present an "SC Featured" segment Sunday night at 10 p.m. ET on a member of the military. According to ESPN, Stewart "will tell the story of U.S. Army Maj. Christina Truesdale, a competitor in next week’s Department of Defense Warrior Games being held at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Warrior Games is a multi-sport event for wounded, injured or ill service personnel and veterans. Truesdale, a flight surgeon, jumpmaster and veterinarian, has dealt with several injuries and health challenges that almost took her life. She was inspired to compete in the Warrior Games after seeing some of last year’s event on ESPN."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 3:48PM EDT
Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle are going on tour together
The former Comedy Central stars will perform together over the course of two weeks in June in Boston and Texas.
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Joshua Jackson says he owes his career to The Jon Stewart Show
The Affair star and Dawson's Creek alum and Stephen Colbert have something in common: they both owe their careers to Jon Stewart. Jackson was in high school during the 1994-95 school year coinciding with The Jon Stewart Show's only season in syndication, when it replaced The Arsenio Hall Show. Stewart's show didn't air until 1:30 a.m. where Jackson lived. "So I would stay up every night to watch the 1:30 show, which kept me up to 2:30, which meant that clearly I wasn’t gonna make my first class, so I just didn't," Jackson tells Colbert. "When I did that enough, they were like, ‘Well since you don’t want to come in the morning, you might as well not come in the afternoon, either.’”
Posted Sunday 3/18/18 at 3:44AM EDT
Anthony Scaramucci says he's turned down multiple reality TV offiers, and Jon Stewart
“I have been offered more than one reality show,” the former Trump White House staffer tells The Wrap. “I’ve said no to all of them.” Scaramucci says he didn't want to repeat the mistake Sean Spicer made at the Emmys. "I think Jon Stewart wanted me to wear a chicken suit or something like that at some fundraising event and I was like, ‘ok, that’s not me,'" he says. “I’m not wearing a chicken suit, you know, I think that’s like what the left likes to do with people that support Trump is they want to dehumanize you.”
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Comedy Central's second Clusterfest will feature Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah
Clusterfest 2018, set for June, will also include Tiffany Haddish, The Lonely Island and many more people from the world of comedy.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 2:48PM EST
Jessica Williams and 2 Dope Queens podcast partner Phoebe Robinson are coming to HBO in February — with Jon Stewart
HBO's four 2 Dope Queens specials, based on the podcast of the same name, will kick off with a reunion of Williams and her former Daily Show boss Stewart on Feb. 2. Sarah Jessica Parker, Tituss Burgess and Uzo Aduba will appear in the following weeks. Tig Notaro directed all four episodes, which were taped in front of a live audience in Brooklyn.
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 8:34PM EST
There was no mention of Louis CK at Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars
The HBO autism charity fundraiser featured CK pals such as Chris Rock, but his sexual misconduct went unmentioned.
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Jon Stewart reunited with Jordan Klepper on The Opposition
Stewart wrapped up his Night of Too Many Stars promotional tour at his former Daily Show correspondent’s new Comedy Central show, where the diminutive Stewart and the very tall Klepper joked about their height difference.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Jon Stewart returns to The Daily Show as “Bernie Bernstein”
The former Daily Show host visited his old stomping grounds in the final stop of a weeks-long tour of nearly every late-night show to promote Saturday’s Night of Too Many Stars on HBO. Stewart's latest bit was playing the role of the fake Washington Post reporter featured in Alabama robocalls looking for dirt on Roy Moore.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 7:14AM EST
Late-night’s predominantly white male hosts proved to be “woefully ill-equipped to deal” with Louis CK
“When you benefit from the same system that allows Louis CK to thrive, or when you laughed off the allegations like Jon Stewart—something he had to apologize for this week—who will take you seriously when you lash out at Louis CK?” wrote Ira Madison III, in an article published shortly before Al Franken’s sexual harassment scandal broke. “It was relatively easy for late-night to make jokes about Cosby, perhaps because they were from a different generation than him, his star had already fallen quite a bit, and because, well, they’re not black. It’s easy to make jokes when you’re an outsider, when the target isn’t someone ingrained in your life, when your success doesn’t mirror the success they’ve also enjoyed. There are plenty of R. Kelly jokes that late-night hosts have in their repertoire. Louis CK jokes, not so much.” He adds: “It’s why a diverse array of voices in late-night is so vital these days. Everyone who’s not a straight white male are the ones who’ve found themselves under attack this year, yet there are precious few people who can speak to that experience on late-night TV.”
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Jon Stewart on Louis CK’s sexual misconduct: “I didn’t know. What if I did? That’s the thing that bothers me. What if I did?”
“What if I had known one of the women who is making the accusations — and I don't...and one of them came to me and said...Louis did this,” Stewart told Howard Stern on Wednesday, reports Mashable. “Would I still have worked with him?...I can't honestly answer it, and that makes me feel sh*tty." Stewart acknowledged to Stern that Jezebel was right and he was wrong when it called out The Daily Show’s “Woman Problem” back in 2010. Yet when Jezebel’s sister publication Gawker reported rumors hinting of Louis CK’s masturbatory behavior in 2012, his first instinct was to mistrust it, and the internet’s “information-laundering system.” "Now their reaction makes sense to me," Stewart said. "They're furious and they've been dealing with this for years and years. And so for me to express even my obliviousness...is an indictment."
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 5:33PM EST
Jon Stewart: “I think I would have phoned it in” if I stayed on The Daily Show through the Trump era
Stewart said half-jokingly to Howard Stern this morning that he got “lazy” near the end of his Daily Show run. “I think I got to a point where I kind of didn’t think I could do anything else with it,” Stewart said. “And thank God I did, because before Trump came, you need somebody who’s 32, 33, still has that type of energy — that type of stamina. That fire to go at it. I think I would have phoned it in.” Stewart adds: “I felt like it was absolutely the right time.” ALSO: Listen to Stern's full interview with Stewart.
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 1:33PM EST
Jon Stewart fell short of his “supposedly progressive reputation” in his “weak” response to Louis CK’s sexual misconduct
The former Daily Show host said on Tuesday's Today show he was “stunned” when he learned about Louis CK's transgressions. But in his “vague, noncommittal response, Stewart manages to dance around condemning himself or even CK,” says Anna Menta. She adds: “He then stumbled through an awkward acknowledgement that ‘comedy on its best day is not a great environment for women,’ but was unable to say the words ‘sexual harassment.’ Compared with fellow comedian and CK pal Marc Maron's response to the scandal, Stewart's comments register as weak. On his podcast this week, Maron admitted he knew about the rumors and said that when he confronted CK about it, CK lied. He called CK's actions ‘gross, creepy, massively inappropriate and potentially traumatizing.’”