Jon Stewart Says He Never Seriously Considered 'Meet the Press' Offer
"My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could. I'm sure part of them was thinking, 'Why don't we just make it a variety show?' "
Jon Stewart has confirmed New York magazine's report earlier this month that he was approached about hosting Meet the Press as NBC revamped the Sunday morning show in the wake of host David Gregory's departure.
"My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could," Stewart tells Rolling Stone about his discussions with NBC. "I'm sure part of them was thinking, 'Why don't we just make it a variety show?' "
But the Daily Show host said he never seriously considered taking the job.
"I felt like that was one of those situations where someone says, 'We really like what you do. Why don't you come over here and do something different, maybe something you don't do as well, for us?' I can understand notionally where it comes from," he says. "News and entertainment have melded in a way. But they would be overcompensating on the entertainment side. That's certainly not an outlandish decision, although I don't necessarily think that's the best direction for it."
NBC ultimately named Chuck Todd as its new Meet the Press host.