'Daily Show' Pays Tribute to Longtime Writer on Last Day (Video)

The Daily Show Jon Stewart CNN  - H 2012
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The Daily Show Jon Stewart CNN  - H 2012

The Daily Show said goodbye to its longest-serving writer Thursday.

"I've done 2,400, 2,500 of these things. We've got a writer who has done 2,800, 2,900 of them," Stewart said of J.R. Havlan, who had been with the show since its 1996 premiere. "He has — like the show — evolved. Grown from a comic-turned-writer into an accomplished writer with just a lovely wife and family."

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Stewart sent Havlan off with a personalized Moment of Zen, dating back to when the writer appeared on Craig Kilborn's version of the show.

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"There is a scene in one of your episodes where you invite a guy outside and then you shut the door, and I thought it was so funny.… There was an incident in high school where a guy was very angry and I locked the door behind him" and avoided a fight, he explained.

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