Stewart has hosted Comedy Central show since 1999
Bruce Springsteen performed live as Jon Stewart brought his time as host of The Daily Show to an end last night.
The comedian and TV host has presented the show since 1999 and brought his time to a close with a special finale that saw a host of former Daily Show reporters and correspondants appear alongside a set from Springsteen. He and his band played ‘Land Of Hopes And Dreams’ and ‘Born To Run.’
Under Stewart’s reign The Daily Show became known for skewering politics and the hypocrisy of those in power as well as the way in which the news itself is reported. Stewart waged a long-running war against Fox News and helped boost the careers of comedians such as Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Kristen Schaal.
Stewart revealed in February that he would be stepping down from The Daily Show later this year.
In March, Comedy Central announced that South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over from Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Noah, who joined the The Daily Show as a contributor last year (2014), will make his debut as host at a date that’s yet to be confirmed.
Noah, 31, began his stand-up career is his native South Africa before becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show in 2012 and the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman the following year. In the UK, he has made TV appearances on QI and Eight Out Of Ten Cats.
During Stewart’s tenure, The Daily Show attracted audiences of up to 3.6 million viewers, around 80% of whom are aged between 18 and 49. Although it is conceived as a “fake news programme” offering a comically exaggerated take on current events, The Daily Show has been hailed as an important source of genuine news among young Americans. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Al Gore have all appeared as guests on the show.