Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show after 15 years as host. During his tenure, he created hours of much-watch television — full of feuds, satire and explosive moments. Below are just a few that stand the test of time.
Indecision 2000 on Dec. 11, 2000
Stewart declared George W. Bush the winner after the the Supreme Court ruled against Al Gore, getting boos from the crowd.
In his first show back following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, an emotional Stewart apologized for being “another entertainment show beginning with an overwrought speech of a shaken host.” In the monologue, which aired on Sept. 20, he said the privilege of making a TV that pokes wisecracks at society exemplifies the strengths of the United States. “It’s the difference between closed and open. It’s the difference between free and burdened.”
Jim Cramer Showdown
At the height of the financial crisis, Stewart took issue with CNBC and Jim Cramer after one of his colleagues referred to people whose homes had been foreclosed as losers. Stewart had mercilessly been mocking the network, and on March 12, 2009, Kramer came on to answer for what Stewart considered being wrong about financial advice.
Stewart vs. Glenn Beck
Glen Beck provided Stewart with plenty of fodder during his time on Fox News. On March 8, 2010, Stewart appropriated Beck’s trademark boards, claiming the government wanted to put chips in people’s heads that controls when they can masturbate. “In my America, nobody tells people when they can masturbate. That is a decision that should only be made between myself, my doctor and that new Calvin Klein billboard outside my window that’s lit 24 hours a day.”
Stewart vs. Bill O’Reilly
Stewart’s No. 1 cable news frenemy Bill O’Reilly stopped by Oct. 15, 2015, for a debate about white privilege that devolved into shouting, but, true to their relationship, ended in a handshake.