Jon Stewart Laments The Daily Show's 'Worst Legacy,' His Biggest 'Regret'
Half a decade after Jon Stewart handed the Daily Show staff over to Trevor Noah, he ponders what he thinks is the biggest failure of his 16-year run as a host.
Speaking to the New York Times, Stewart said his fire interview in 2009 with CNBC Mad Money moderator Jim Cramer about the 2008 financial crisis triggered unhappy "gutting expectations" among viewers. "That's the part of it that I'm probably most sorry about," he complains. “In those moments when you even had the subconscious tendency to feel: 'We have to meet the gutting expectations. '' We tried not to add more spice than it deserved, but you were aware, for example: what went viral. Resisting this gravitational force is really difficult. "
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Stewart believes this is one reason why he often received a setback for his relatively friendly chats with frequent guest Bill O’Reilly. The question has always been: 'Why would you speak to him? Why do you have him on the show when you can't destroy him? "He recalls." If you wanted to talk about the worst legacy of the Daily Show, it was probably that. "
Stewart admits that "sometimes" he doesn't have a high-profile platform to voice his views, especially in these turbulent times. Stewart - whose political satire Irresistible bowed to theaters and VOD on June 26 - says the Daily Show is in "wonderful hands". with Noah. "[He] continues to raise [it] in a way I couldn't have had," he adds. "My effectiveness for this type of conversation has passed."
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