Jon Stewart has already revealed why he’s leaving the Daily Show. Nevertheless, Time Magazine released some speculation on the real reason Stewart is leaving the fake news desk – it’s Fox News.
Jon Stewart started his Wednesday night show with clips from the media world commenting on his leaving the Daily Show. Naturally, Fox News had some less-than-favorable things to say about the late-night comedian, including host Megyn Kelly claiming his show’s attacks on her over the years had “no foothold in the facts.”
That was more than Jon Stewart could take, and in response he challenged Fox News to a “lie-off.” But in the process of chastising Fox News for ideological bias, Stewart seemed to exhaust himself, ending the segment by explaining how watching the network was “killing him.”
“Take it from someone who’s been watching what they do for a blessedly almost over 16 years or so. Their chronically angry war for ideological purity, where every aspect of life becomes a two dimensional battle for America’s soul—it ages you. Even watching it is killing me.”
Is Jon Stewart leaving the Daily Show to save what little life force he has left? Time Magazine implied that he was, but then again the Hollywood Reporter already got an explanation out of the late-night comedian.
“I got maybe four or five more years with the kids until they really don’t want anything to do with me. And I’m just not there. You can’t [work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.] for 16 years and think you’re going to be able to tell them to not smoke pot. You can’t show up at 9 p.m. and go, ‘Don’t get high. OK, goodnight, sweetheart.'”
Jon Stewart went on to explain that he didn’t want to stay in a place just because he could, adding, “you can only go so far with four facial expressions and five to seven curse words.”
As for the lie-off, Stewart threw down the gauntlet with a six second vine showcasing 50 false claims by Fox News hosts and contributors. The Comedy Central comedian says there’s plenty more where that came from, but it’s only a 22-minute show.
He added that the Daily Show, on the other hand, doesn’t lie, even showing off their resident fact-checker.
Now it’s up to Fox News to respond to Jon Stewart’s challenge.
The lie-off will have to conclude by the end of this year, when Stewart is scheduled to finally leave his post. There’s still no telling who will replace the Jon Stewart. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, some of the Daily Show correspondents will be unavailable since Jason Jones is starting his own show on TBS.
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