Jon Stewart, the man who took over a satirical newscast and turned it into an American institution, finally bid farewell to The Daily Show amid a night of heartfelt tributes and cheers.
Although the entire episode was packed with nostalgia and special guest stars, the first half-hour of Stewart’s last episode was like taking a trip down the memory lane – as every former writer and contributor who has worked with the 52-year-old during his 16 years at the show, returned to the set to say their goodbyes.
Stewart was joined by Samantha Bee, Steve Carell, Mo Rocca, Veep’s Matt Walsh and Dan Bakkedahl, Larry Wilmore, Jason Jones, Josh Gad, the Corddry brothers, Bassem Youssef, Olivia Munn and John Oliver – a veritable who's who of some of the biggest names on the comedy scene today, whose careers all launched on The Daily Show.
Even Wyatt Cenac – who was fired from the Daily Show after getting into a heated argument over race with Stewart – showed up to say adieu.
“I never left, Jon,” Carell said. “Becoming an international superstar was just something I did while waiting for my next assignment.”
Watch the video posted above for the emotional reunion.