'The Daily Show' set is being donated to the Newseum
Jon Stewart is stepping out of the hosting chair of The Daily Show on Thursday, and that chair, and the desk, and the rest of the set are heading out of the building with him.
It was announced on Wednesday that the Daily Show set has been donated to the Newseum, an interactive Washington, D.C.-based museum whose mission is “to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education.”
“We are thrilled to accept the donation of these artifacts to the Newseum collection, because they are part of America’s cultural and media history, telling an important story about how political satire and news as humor made The Daily Show a trusted news source for a generation,” said Newseum senior VP of exhibits and programs Cathy Trost.
Stewart took over Comedy Central’s news satire show in 1999, and The Daily Show snagged 10 consecutive Outstanding Variety Series Emmys during his tenure. His replacement, Trevor Noah, assumes the Daily Show reins in September.
The donation, which will become part of the Newseum’s collection for future display, comes as Stewart signs off after 16 years hosting the popular show, which often blurred the lines between news, satire and comedy.