Jon Stewart is set to make a comeback to The Daily Show nine years after he handed over the reins to Trevor Noah, the BBC reports. Stewart will host the show on Monday nights starting 12 February till the end of the US Presidential elections in November.
Stewart, who served as the host of the iconic show from 1999 till 2015, played a pivotal role in shaping the late-night television format. Over the years, The Daily Show has earned its reputation as one of the most important topical comedy shows.
The series has been in limbo since Trevor Noah stepped down as host in 2022. There was a lot of speculation regarding who would be next in line—Hasan Minhaj being one of the most talked about names. However, producers failed to find a permanent replacement, and Stewart now comes to the rescue. He will also serve as the executive producer and supervise the show into 2025, according to the BBC.
Fans were excited to see Stewart back in action, especially for such a politically charged year.
“Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honoured to have him return to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season,” said Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios president and CEO Chris McCarthy. “In our age of staggering hypocrisy and performative politics, Jon is the perfect person to puncture the empty rhetoric and provide much-needed clarity with his brilliant wit.”
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart won the Emmy Award for best variety series for 10 years in a row from 2003.