During his second-to-last episode hosting The Daily Show on Wednesday, after 16 years, Jon Stewart looked back at the show’s success orchestrating countless takedowns – or, in his opinion, the lack thereof.
“I’d like to reflect on what we’ve built here over these past 16 years,” said the host, 52. “We’ve worked awfully hard, and not every show has been up to snuff, but we’ve given it our all every single time.”
And what has the show built? Stewart describes it as “a monument to evisceration.”
Stewart then pulled up multiple headlines from articles that have been written about his previous episodes, trumpeting how he “eviscerated,” “annihilated,” “crushed” and “demolished” certain topics: “I remember one night, even the Hulk was like, ‘Dude, slow down.’ ”
“And so now at the end of my tenure, with all of my targets pulverized into ash before me, I would like to take a moment to see my crushed enemies driven before me and hear the lamentation of their women,” Stewart said.
Stewart then introduced a segment entitled “The Daily Show: Destroyer of Worlds,” in which he played clips of himself deriding his favorite targets, including ISIS, race relations in the United States, Wall Street and, of course, Fox News.
Each time, Stewart took great pleasure praising himself for his work taking down his enemy – before playing recent news footage that announced each target to be just as strong as before, if not stronger.
“What the f— is going on here?!” Stewart screamed while banging his fists on his desk. “The world is demonstrably worse than when I started. Have I caused this?”
The studio then went dark, and Stewart began a dramatic soliloquy questioning whether all his efforts had been “for naught,” as clips showing him berating the New York Mets then began to play.
“Oh! I shudder to envision the depths to which the next clip will illuminate the further ensuckingment of my beloved New York Metropolitans,” Stewart continued.
And while all might not be right in the world, Stewart gets one small victory as the clip revealed that the Mets are actually now in first place.
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Stewart will be replaced by comedian Trevor Noah, 31, starting Sept. 28. Stewart’s final episode as host airs Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.