Jon Stewart will return to host The Daily Show starting February 12 on a very part-time basis. He will serve as host on Monday nights through the 2024 election season.
Stewart returns as the election cycle kicks off following the New Hampshire primary and ahead of Super Tuesday’s multi-state primaries. He’ll host Monday nights, while various correspondents will host the rest of the week. The Daily Show is still looking for a permanent host after Trevor Noah left the show in late 2022, and had been rotating in guests and correspondents as hosts.
“Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honored 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 Chris McCarthy, president and chief executive officer of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, in a statement sent to Cord Cutters News. “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.”
Stewart’s return to the show comes as his Emmy-nominated Apple TV+ series, The Problem With Jon Stewart, ended after two seasons due to “creative differences” between him and the platform over topics including artificial intelligence and the upcoming election. The series was canceled shortly before filming for the third season was scheduled to begin.
Stewart hosted The Daily Show for 16 years, taking over after the first host, Craig Kilborn, left. He transformed what was once a low-rated political series into one of the nation’s leading voices in media and politics. Noah assumed hosting duties after Stewart’s departure in 2015 and left the show after seven years. Comedy Central hopes to regain audiences and ad revenue by bringing back a familiar face.