Jon Stewart, the longtime host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, will be leaving this year, according to reports.
And for some reason, this prompted people on Twitter to remember Craig Kilborn, the former host of the Daily Show before Stewart took over. Some suggested that Kilborn should be the one to replace Stewart when he is to leave later this year.
Kilborn was the host of The Daily Show way back in 1996 before he joined CBS’ The Late, Late Show. Kilborn briefly returned to TV in 2010 with The Kilborn File on some Fox stations, and it only lasted one season,
— Julius Weil (@weilone) February 11, 2015
@jackyfont Yet Stewart did in the first place. Remember Craig Kilborn?
— J G (@OldTownJG) February 11, 2015
[Somewhere Craig Kilborn just woke up from a deep sleep] “This is my chance… again.” pic.twitter.com/CHVMIF7MQa
— Matt Kiebus (@mjkiebus) February 10, 2015
Craig Kilborn, this is your moment. Seize it.
— Jeff Kelley (@jeffkelleyrva) February 11, 2015
Remember Craig Kilborn? I don’t. That’s because Jon Stewart IS the Daily Show, as we know it Replacement will be nearly impossible.
— Peter Krupa (@peterkrupa) February 11, 2015
@AP bring back craig kilborn – he was way funnier anyway. Maybe I’ll start watching again.
— Slappy McGee (@trollsohardxxx) February 11, 2015
Here’s AP’s writeup on Stewart leaving:
Stewart’s departure was announced by Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless after Stewart, host of the show since 1999, broke the news to the audience at Tuesday’s taping in New York.
“Through his unique voice and vision, ‘The Daily Show’ has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come,” Ganeless said in a statement.
She called Stewart a “comic genius.” He will remain as host until later this year, she said, but did not specify a date.
His departure is a second big blow for Comedy Central: Another star, Stephen Colbert, left “The Colbert Report” last year to take over from CBS late-night host David Letterman when he retires in May.
The Stewart and Colbert shows created templates for a comedic form that offered laughs along with trenchant political and social satire. Authors and politicians were as common as Hollywood celebrities on their shows.
Stewart took a several months-long hiatus in 2013 to direct “Rosewater,” a film about an Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned for 118 days in Tehran and accused of being a spy. The Comedy Central statement did not indicate what his plans were after leaving.