How important is it for Jon Stewart to return to the deal? Daily show office? John Oliver, former Daily show The reporter turned to HBO Last week tonight host, compared it to NBA legend Michael Jordan‘s return to the Chicago Bulls in 1995 after retiring from the game.
“Jordan is back!” Oliver quipped in an interview with NBC’s Willie Geist.
Oliver was caught as much off guard as everyone else by the news that broke midway through the interview with Guest.
“I mean, this is a surprise,” Oliver said. “This is a show that needs a host. He’s definitely a very good person. So, yeah, it’ll be interesting to see what he does.”
But he also added that the show “should appoint a permanent host” following Stewart’s run, with former Peacock host Amber Ruffin named. Daily show Reporter Roy Wood Jr. as strong rivals.
Oliver was far from the only one Daily show Alumni ponder Stewart’s return. Trevor Noah, who succeeded Stewart in the chair, shared a short post on X (formerly Twitter): “Yes, he’s back,” Noah posted, adding five “raised hands” emojis for good measure.
“These guys were squeezing,” he added. Daily show Contributor (and former reporter) Jordan Klepper on X, added on Instagram, “Welcome home, JS” under a photo of Stewart in his office.
Troy Iwata, another reporter, just posted a photo of a surprised Minion reacting to Stewart’s return, while fellow reporter Grace Kohlenschmidt shared the song “Stuck Like Glue” from Sugarland with a photo of Stewart, adding, “I just know this is going to be our karaoke song.”
Stewart has always had a close relationship with the team Daily show He had correspondents during his run, and the show served as a stepping stone to stardom, with Oliver, Samantha Bee, Hasan Minhaj, and Stephen Colbert all getting their own late-night shows (Stewart also serves as Colbert’s EP). Late show on CBS).
Other veterans of the show include Steve Carell, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Jason Jones, Josh Gad, Al Madrigal, Larry Wilmore and Wyatt Cenac.
Even Michael Che, now the host Saturday Night Live Weekend Update, he had a short stint as a reporter before moving on SNL.
In his final show as host of Daily show (At least until he returns to the office this year.) In August 2015, Comedy Central gathered nearly all of the show’s reporters and contributors into the show’s surprisingly cramped studio on the West Side of Manhattan.
After a sketch involving all the reporters (and Trevor Noah, waving a measuring tape to figure out his adjustments to the set), during a commercial break, Stewart, with tears in his eyes, distributed hugs. “You’re the best,” Noah was heard telling Stewart, as a crowd of reporters gathered around him.
We’ll see what the response is next month, after nearly a decade elsewhere.