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10 August 2015 @ 12:13 am
Thank You, Jon. Thank You.  
It has come to an end. My sister and I just finished watching Jon Stewart's final episode of The Daily Show. I am just going to lay here and be sad for awhile. When all the correspondents came out on stage to hug him, I lost my shit. OMG, so many old faces too, like Wyatt Cenac, Ed Helms, Mo Rocca, Steve Carell and the Corddry brothers. And when Colbert went off-script and Jon was crying and begging him not to go there, but of course, Stephen had to say his piece, for all of us. Also, we got to see Chuck, at long last. And The Daily Show dogs. And Jon's kids - ugh, when he thanked his wife and kids and was like, "I'm not gonna look over at them though, or I'll lose it." OMG. Also, who saw the Arby's' tribute to Jon on the second to last episode? Salute, Arby's, salute.

I am so happy for him that he is moving on to something else. I won't say this is the wrong choice for him or the show, because I don't think it is - (though I can't believe he's leaving before the next presidential election!). I think it is wonderful that he is going to help his wife run an animal preserve and I know it is her passion and it is wonderful that they can do this together, as a family, but I feel like there will be a hole missing in America, a social conscious that we all need. I was 20 years old when Jon started on The Daily Show. I had watched it during the Kilborn years, here and there, when I had cable and I liked Kilborn, but when Jon came along, it became something different, something eye-opening. From age 20 to 37, Jon Stewart has been in my life. He helped shape my generation. He helped shape me. There is a part of who I am, who I grew into, as an adult, an aware, active, conscious part of me that was shaped by Jon Stewart and he'll never know - or accept - what an impact he and the show had on me as a person.

Jon Stewart is going to live on a farm in New Jersey. And I know - unlike when someone says this about your missing pet - it doesn't mean he is dying. I know he will probably be around from time to time, in our eyeline. And I know the show will live on too. But for right now, I will lay here and be sad for awhile that my defining years are behind me - if not grateful that Jon was there to guide me through them.
 
 
 
Jo Ann: Adam: Sad - head downyeuxdebleu on August 10th, 2015 04:23 am (UTC)
He was wonderful and will be sorely missed. I wonder if he'll be happy on a farm and if he will miss his TV show. Time will tell, I guess.
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on December 7th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
He was wonderful and will be sorely missed. I wonder if he'll be happy on a farm and if he will miss his TV show. Time will tell, I guess.

I hear he's been running around doing comedy charity things and also that he will have a youtube channel now or something, so I'm guessing the farm life is proving just maybe a little too quiet for him, lol! We've been watching The Nightly Show now, instead of The Daily Show and I really like it quite a lot, but it'll never be Jon or TDS.
Jo Ann: Cmas: Ringing bells GIFyeuxdebleu on December 21st, 2015 02:32 am (UTC)
I've seen Trevor Noah a few times on YouTube and I think he's pretty good. But as you said, he'll never be Jon Stewart. Those are mighty big shoes to fill.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on August 10th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
It's the end of an era for sure, and likely the end to a voice that's the conscience of America in a lot of ways, too.
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on December 7th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
It's the end of an era for sure, and likely the end to a voice that's the conscience of America in a lot of ways, too.

I'm getting all choked up answering these comments about The Daily Show! It does feel like the end to an era, like the man who led us to a more socially conscious world is gone (even though he's just in New Jersey, but same difference!). Like I finally have to admit that I am all grown up and leave the nest and fly with the tools Jon gave me. We've been watching The Nightly Show and Larry Wilmore does a great job highlighting injustice and absurdity in the world - though a lot less politicians and more social justice type stuff - and I feel like he can be the voice of a new generation, especially for young black folk out there, but for me, he'll never be Jon. (though I do love Nightly Show, the roundtable debates are a great format.)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on December 8th, 2015 01:03 am (UTC)
That sounds cool - I will have to try his show out, and then maybe recommend it to my students. :)
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on December 8th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
That sounds cool - I will have to try his show out, and then maybe recommend it to my students. :)

Def your students should watch The Nightly Show! The debate forum is great and reminds me a lot of my high school government class where we had to research modern issues in politics or the social sphere and then do a mini presentation on them in class - like 2 minutes - and then we'd all have a big discussion/debate about the issue. It was suppose to be that every Thursday like five different kids had to bring in subjects, but we'd get so into it that we never made it through more than two debates before class ended!
Shireboundshirebound on August 10th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
That was a fantastic, bittersweet finale. My brother lives among the cornfields of New Jersey... I wonder if they'll end up neighbors?
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on December 7th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
That was a fantastic, bittersweet finale. My brother lives among the cornfields of New Jersey... I wonder if they'll end up neighbors?

The Daily Show gave Jon the perfect send off. That I was in tears is only a testament to the fact that they did it right. I'm still sad about his leaving though, even after all these months!

Listen, if your brother ends up neighbors with Jon Stewart, you let me know. You and I will go on a nice summer holiday to visit your brother - family is so important after all. Nevermind these binoculars I have in my bag, no no. ;)
elfscribe5: Dirigibleelfscribe5 on August 15th, 2015 03:45 am (UTC)
Oh Dodger, I so totally agree. My daughters both grew up with Jon Stewart and it hit them really hard. I'm going to go into withdrawal I think. I mean for so long now when something happened in the political realm I looked forward to what Jon would say about it. He helped point out the hypocrisy, lies, and craziness that forms politics today and helped us bear it better. I feel like I needed him to get through this next election. I understand why he did it - his kids are pretty young after all and I'm sure he didn't want to miss any more of their growing up -- and, like you, I'm sure he'll come back in some manner. But it won't be the same without him.
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on December 7th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
So Sis and I have been watching The Nightly Show since about September. And I really like it! They do this roundtable debate segment in every episode with their guests and I like the discussion aspect. Everyone is generally funny but also very opinionated and varying opinions at that and I like watching that. Larry does less politicians and more social justice type stuff than Jon did and I like that, just because it's different. I am trying now to be more involved in social issues that don't necessarily touch my life - (or hell some that do, see my disability blog) - so Nightly Show is a good show for me to learn from.

But it's not Jon and it's not The Daily Show. I just can't bring myself to watch someone else helm TDS just yet. Whenever something insane was happening in the world, Sis and I would say, "Let's turn on Jon, he'll tell us the truth." And he always did. I'm just not sure I'm ready to trust anyone else to tell me the truth just yet. I agree with you that I need Jon to get through this next election - I can't believe he left the show while Trump is still in the running!

Even after all these months, I miss The Daily Show like an ache in my heart.

Edited at 2015-12-07 10:24 pm (UTC)
elfscribe5elfscribe5 on December 8th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
Funny you should mention that. Jon Stewart was on the Daily Show today talking about the first responders on 9/11. It's beyond shameful that Republicans have been playing politics with them.
My daughter was just sitting next to me saying how much she missed Jon. I do like Trevor Noah though and yes I enjoy the Nightly Show also. Watch it frequently. I'm glad these shows are on to balance out all the crazy on the news.
dodger_sister: the daily showdodger_sister on December 8th, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
I am sure Trevor Noah is great - Jon hand picked him after all - but it makes me too sad to see someone else behind the desk. :(

LOL, you sent me this comment last night and then I woke up today with a video link email from my sister of the interview. (part of it anyways). He tried to get his previous panel back together of first responders and two were too sick to come and one is dead? That's terrible! And yet politicians still use this bill as a bargaining tool! The hell, Congress?! (I wish I'd known he was gonna be on, I would have watched it!)