How Jon Stewart transformed 'The Daily Show'
After 16 years and nearly 2,600 episodes of the award-winning satirical news show, Jon Stewart will sign off of "The Daily Show" for the final time August 6.
It's hard to imagine "The Daily Show" without the famed funnyman -- but many people forget he wasn't the long-running show's original host. Craig Kilborn led the "fake news" program from 1996 to the end of 1998. Kilborn's "Daily Show" had a very different tone, with more games and wacky clips.
When Stewart took over he hired new writers and gave the show his own signature style. He didn't shy away from cozying up to celebrities while skewering politicians and newscasters alike.
See photos of Jon Stewart through the years:
His coverage of the 2000 Bush v. Gore election, aptly deemed "Indecision 2000," quickly garnered critical acclaim and would lead to the show's first Peabody Award. The New York Times soon hailed Stewart as "the modern-day equivalent of Edward R. Murrow," while Rolling Stone called him "the most trusted man in news." Despite the praise, Stewart always insisted he was just a comedian.
Some of Stewart's most memorable moments came when he took on the media. His 2004 appearance on "Crossfire" brought the 22-year-old CNN show to an end, and is often referred to as his finest hour. His scathing criticism of Fox News also became one of his signature bits.
While Stewart made his name with his biting criticism of the major 24-hour news networks, he also had the uncanny ability to connect with his viewers at times when it truly mattered most. In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, a visibly emotional Stewart simply asked the audience, "Are you okay?" He would again serve as a source of comfort following the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the Eric Garner ruling and the recent Charleston murders.
One thing is for certain -- Trevor Noah has big shoes to fill. "The Daily Show" will never be the same without Jon Stewart.
See a timeline of some of Stewart's biggest "Daily Show" moments:
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