After a nine-year hiatus, Jon Stewart made a triumphant return to “The Daily Show” desk on Monday, reclaiming his role as host of the late-night news comedy series. Stewart’s comeback comes after Trevor Noah’s departure in late 2022, which led the show to search for a new host, trying out various guest hosts in the interim.
Stewart’s return was met with enthusiastic cheers and applause from the audience as he settled back into the familiar seat behind the desk. “Now where was I?” Stewart quipped, setting the tone for his first night back on The Daily Show.
During the episode, Stewart delved into a range of topics, from the Super Bowl to right-wing conspiracy theories about Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce. However, the focus quickly turned to the 2024 presidential election, with Stewart offering his unique blend of humor and insightful commentary on President Joe Biden, former President Donald Trump, and the current political landscape.
Stewart’s experience with political satire was on full display as he deftly navigated the night’s politically charged content with a mix of humor and gravitas. One standout moment came when Stewart interacted with The Daily Show’s news team correspondents, including Dulcé Sloan, who humorously commented on the lack of fresh options in the presidential race.
“This is just the same s**t all over again, it’s just a reboot,” Sloan joked, referring to Stewart’s return. “We need more than just the same show with an older but familiar face.”
Stewart, playing along, asked if she was referring to the two presidential candidates. Sloan responded, “Yeah! I mean, they already had this job. Now these old white dudes gotta come and reclaim it? Like, come on, sir. Go do something new.”
Despite the humor, Stewart’s return also signaled a shift in The Daily Show’s format. While he will host on Mondays, members of the news team will take over the rest of the week, with Jordan Klepper set to anchor for the next few days. Stewart’s return brings a sense of nostalgia for longtime fans while injecting new energy into the beloved series.