Over the course of The Daily Show, the Moment of Zen was always meant for the viewer. On Thursday night’s final episode, however, it was for Jon Stewart. The New Jersey native got Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to close his final show.
Springsteen first played “Land of Hopes and Dreams,” a song about escaping the past for a brighter future. He sings: “You don’t know where you’re going now but you know you won’t be back,” a fitting line for the departing host.
The band then transitioned directly into the final section of “Born to Run.” Stewart danced and hugged his staff as highlights of the past 16 years were presented on a large screen behind Springsteen.
After the song finished, Stewart thanked Springsteen and the E Street Band. Holding Max Weinberg’s drumsticks, Stewart approached the microphone to say: “Thank you. Good night,” officially ending his 16 years as host of The Daily Show. Watch a clip below; full video will be added when it becomes available.