Jon Stewart has been heralded as one of the most trusted people in the news game, even though he was never a bona fide journalist. his amazing ability to get to the heart of things launched him into the American consciousness, and he is greatly missed from the airwaves.
Here are twenty-six facts about his years on The Daily Show.
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1/26. Before Neil deGrasse Tyson went on The Daily Show, he paid attention to how many sentences Jon Stewart usually allowed before interrupting. He picked up on the kind of phrases Stewart liked to pick up on, which is why he described astronomy using sexually suggestive language.
2/26. In an interview hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart stated that he almost quit the show shortly after he began hosting it. Stewart wanted to change the direction of the show and was met with strong resistance from the writers and producers. According to Stewart, it took two and a half years for those staff members to gradually leave the show so that Stewart could have his own fully supportive staff.
3/26. During the 2007-2008 Writer's Strike, the show was renamed "A Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Jon Stewart stated that the show was not "The Daily Show" without his writers.
4/26. In the first few weeks, there was no audience. In the following weeks, staff members were encouraged to watch the show just offstage and laugh at the jokes. For the second season, a studio audience was brought in and this format remained for the rest of the show's run.
5/26. John Oliver was recommended to Jon Stewart for a job on the Daily Show by Ricky Gervais. Oliver didn't know Gervais personally at the time and had never been to the USA before auditioning.
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