Say It Ain’t So, Jo(n)!

Jon StewartYou’ve probably heard the news by now. First Stephen Colbert leaves his show, and now Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show.

Wow. I’m seriously bummed about that. He’s been voted The Most Trusted Name in News (an honorific held by the great Walter Cronkite). Now what are we gonna do?

Topping it off, his friend Brian Williams turns out to have feet (or at least a few toes) of clay. Kind of ironic considering the TV commercials NBC was recently pushing about how trusted he is.

Just how many Signs of the Apocalypse does that make?

To quote Professor Farnsworth, “I don’t want to live on this planet any more!”

And that’s the way it is, February 16, 2015.

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14 responses to “Say It Ain’t So, Jo(n)!

  • Doobster418

    I was really bummed by Colbert’s departure, but at least we still had Jon Stewart. Now, with Stewart’s announcement, it’s a double whammy right to the gut. These two brilliant men brought some degree of perspective, wit, and wisdom to the constant insanity of the regular news. They will both be sorely missed.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      Yes they will. As I think you know, I favored Stewart just slightly over Colbert, so this second punch really does hit me hard in the gut.

      He’s right that “an even slightly restless host” isn’t a good thing, and he’s been at that desk for 17 years, so I can understand that he’s ready to move on, and I do wish him well…

      But, damn!

      • Doobster418

        He’s going to be a really tough act to follow. I feel for anyone who is going to try.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Have you been watching Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show? I liked it at first, but I’m increasingly frustrated by a growing sense of lack of depth, despite focusing on a single topic each show. It’s all opinion, which makes it little more than a set of blog comments.

      • Doobster418

        I watched it for the first two weeks but have since stopped. It had its moments, but for the most part, I wasn’t particularly impressed. HIs whole panel thing doesn’t work for me. It’s not nearly as good as Bill Maher’s panels on his Real Time show. And Wilmore’s “Keep it 100” segment didn’t do much for me either. It’s too bad John Oliver has moved on.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Yeah, I’d agree about Wilmore’s panels and especially the “Keep it 100” segment — that’s a total waste of time. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll hang in with him.

        Maher’s panels are way better both in who they are and in what they talk about. I dislike Maher himself, but the panels make the show worth catching. As for Oliver, I seem to be the only person I know who just doesn’t like the guy. I don’t even really know why — I just don’t like him.

      • Doobster418

        I’m not a huge Maher fan, but I don’t dislike him. Yes, his panels are much better and I like his “new rules” segment at the end.

        As to John Oliver, I thought he did a credible job subbing for Stewart last summer and I think he could do a decent job as Jon’s replacement were he available.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Sadly, if it was “The Daily Show with John Oliver” that would pretty much be it for me (I skipped his stint subbing for Stewart). I wish I could figure out what bugs me so much about him… His inability to deliver a joke without cracking up over how funny he is? I dunno… it’s weird… I just don’t find him even slightly funny. Go figure. [shrug]

      • Doobster418

        Hey, different strokes for different folks.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Indeed. I have no rational objection to him… it’s pure a matter of taste operating.

  • dianasschwenk

    Smitty, I love Jon Stewart way more than Colbert. I will miss him!
    Diana xo

  • ~ Sadie ~

    I like that – “Signs of the Apocalypse ” 😉

    • Wyrd Smythe

      First Colbert, then Stewart… Plus the Brian Williams business. (Is there nothing we can rely on anymore? Tom Brokaw, maybe?) If the ghost of Walter Cronkite appears in Times Square, then we’ll know for sure. (I’m convinced Wolf Blitzer is a voodoo zombie.)

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