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Jon Stewart explains why he quit 'The Daily Show'

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Kevin Fitzsimons/Comedy Central

Back in February, Jon Stewart announced he’d soon be leaving The Daily Show—and according to a new interview with The Guardianhis decision to leave partly stemmed from an increasing sense of dissatisfaction.

“It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction,'” he said. “These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s okay. But the cycles become longer and more entrenched, and that’s when you realize, ‘Okay, I’m on the back side of it now.'”

The upcoming 2016 presidential election also played a factor—at least in the timing of his departure. “I’d covered an election four times, and it didn’t appear that there was going to be anything wildly different about this one,” he told the British newspaper. “I also felt that, for the show, you don’t want to leave when the cupboard’s bare. So I think it’s a better introduction when you have something providing you with assisted fuel, like a presidential campaign.”

Although Stewart hasn’t yet specified when exactly he’ll be giving up his Daily Show desk, Comedy Central has already lined up a replacement: Trevor Noah, who’s been a correspondent on the show since late 2014. 

Leaving The Daily Show will allow Stewart to spend more time with his family—”It would be nice to be home when my little elves get home from school, occasionally,” he said—and another big perk: He’ll no longer have to watch Fox News for work.

When asked if he’d watch Fox News again after he leaves the show, his answer was mostly a big fat “no.” “All right, let’s say that it’s a nuclear winter, and I have been wandering, and there appears to be a flickering light through what appears to be a radioactive cloud and I think that light might be a food source that could help my family,” he said. “I might glance at it for a moment until I realize, that’s Fox News, and then I shut it off. That’s the circumstance.” 

Read the entire story over at The Guardian

 

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