Of course Jon Stewart’s final The Daily Show episode was going to be an emotional roller coaster. Even the host just couldn’t help but break down in tears after his former Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert came to say goodbye.
Colbert, who will replace David Letterman on The Late Show this year, started off his farewell speech with a hilarious Lord of the Rings analogy, but later ditched the teleprompter, going off script to say some heartfelt words.
"You're infuriatingly good at your job," Colbert told Stewart. "You were a great artist and a good man."
The beautiful exchange not only melted hearts of the millions of viewers watching but also brought Stewart to tears.
The 52-year-old comedian decided to step down in February. He has been hosting the show since 1999, and has played a part in launching a number of today’s A-list celebrities.
During Stewart’s 16-year tenure, the show has won 18 Emmy awards, including the award for Best Variety Series nine years in a row – from 2003 to 2012. It has also won two Peabody Awards for the presidential coverage in 2000 and 2004.