I caught wind through fellow blogger, Lance, that during last night's taping of The Daily Show, long-time host Jon Stewart let slip that he would be stepping down from his hosting duties.
I may have cried a little. I am not ashamed.
When I saw the posted headline, I silently begged "Please be the Onion. Please be the Onion," but the AV Club's post had already been edited to include an official announcement from Comedy Central.
This is disheartening news. It may sound weird, since it's not entirely kid-friendly fare, but watching the Daily Show has become family time around here.
Yes, my kids rock current events at school.
And even though Jon Stewart may have outed the Easter Bunny, he's also opened up dialogues with my kids about war, prejudice, injustice, politics, racism, sexism (but surprisingly, not make-believe holiday creatures). I recall Reagan laughing at a joke Stewart made a few months back that pointed out the irony in gun-rights advocates invoking Martin Luther King Jr. as an ally.
Granted, she may have just been laughing at the faces he was making, but a little part of me thought she may have gotten the joke. The kid is pretty smart.
Humour makes ideas and current events accessible. And I think that has been part of the appeal of the Daily Show.
I have a few hopes here. My first hope involves a long-time desire to see Jon Stewart enter politics, as I am sure many others have also hoped. Then if he ran for president, Rick Mercer could come out and renounce that time he shilled for the government with those "One-Ton Challenge" commercials and returning to biting political commentary with a northern touch, and make a run for PM and in the end we'd have an entertaining-as-hell Canada-US alliance.
That's just an idea I've been throwing around since pretty much forever.
Second, since Comedy Central's official statement seemed to imply that Stewart's departure would not spell the end of the Daily Show, I really, sincerely hope that they make Jessica Williams the new host. Not only is she my favourite correspondent out of the current cast, she's pretty badass, but as a WOC she'd be a refreshing change of pace from the current white-dude tsunami that is the late night talk-show circuit (Although I haven't forgotten you, Larry).
I guess we have a few more months to find out what's in store.