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Thursday night marked the last show of The Daily Show‘s “longest serving correspondent” Samantha Bee, whom it was revealed in March would be leaving the show after TBS picked up an untitled comedy series that she’s set to host. Bee is also executive producing a scripted family-vacation comedy series on TBS with her husband and fellow former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, who left the Comedy Central late night show in March.
Stewart noted at the beginning of Thursday night’s tribute segment that numerous correspondents have left over the past year, as the show prepares for his departure and replacement as host by Trevor Noah.
Stewart then joked about how Bee joined what he deemed “the greatest f—ing news team” back in 2003.
“We needed a correspondent — we looked in all of the usual places your liquor stores, your betting parlors, your methadone clinics…Google maps was in its nascent stages, we took a wrong turn we ended up in Canada,” he explained. “We found this just delightful, incredibly funny person, Sam Bee. So we hid her in the trunk and raced back over the border, pursued by mounties. Canada had no idea what it was losing.”
The show aired a montage of some of Bee’s most memorable field pieces and interviews, including a series of silly exchanges with people at the Republican National Conventions and a slightly more insightful one in which she tried to get people to say the word “choice” when talking about Bristol Palin‘s pregnancy.
“Every family and every woman should have the right to…I’m sorry what is the word I’m looking for…rhymes with ‘voice,'” she said.
When Stewart finally brought Bee onto the set after the six-minute montage, she smiled and waved but quickly seemed to get choked up as the audience applauded.
And she really started to tear up after she gave Stewart a hug.
Bee’s departure was so moving that Jon Stewart and Kristen Wiig talked about it in their interview in the next segment, in which The Daily Show host also apologized to Bee for not having her final show be like Wiig’s last Saturday Night Live, when Mick Jagger performed.
Watch The Daily Show say goodbye to Bee below.
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