Tuesday, February 10, 2015

End of an Era

I used the same phrase last fall when David Letterman announced his impending retirement, and now again, with today's announcement that Jon Stewart will shortly be abdicating his Daily Show throne. There's just no other way to describe it that seems appropriate. With Stephen Colbert already off prepping his CBS talker for its debut later this year, and now Stewart getting ready to sign-off The Daily Show for good, it really does feel like a seismic shift has happened while we weren't paying attention.

No date for the departure yet, but I expect we'll get that shortly, not to mention testimonials and memorials, heated speculation about a replacement, and details on what he plans to do after he stops living Daily to Daily. I'm sure I'll have more to say as his final show gets closer, but as I wrote last fall after interviewing him about his feature Rosewater, it's impossible to understate just how much of an influence Jon Stewart has been on my work, personality and overall worldview.

He's not truly going away, of course, but I'll miss him all the same.

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