If you thought Jon Stewart was feeling FOMO during the Golden Age of skewering Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, you’d be wrong.
Celebrating his former show’s wins for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series, and Outstanding Writing for Variety Series backstage at the Emmys, Stewart was asked whether he’d consider returning to his late-night post if Trump won the presidency.
“No, I would consider getting in a rocket and going to another planet because clearly this planet has gone bonkers,” Stewart said, noting he was very pleased not to be doing late-night at all nowadays. “If I had known what life was like on the other side, I probably would have left earlier. It’s f—ing fun out there. You can do whatever you want.”
Though Stewart won’t miss Trevor Noah’s upcoming Daily Show debut, he doesn’t plan on bestowing any wisdom on his successor. “He’s such a talented guy and has such a great foundation for this that it’s not a question of giving him advice, it’s just being there to support if he ever feels like just chatting about what it’s like to do the show,” he said. “He’s got the best team in the business… Last thing they need is the old Pope peering around the corner to new Pope going, ‘Is that how you’re gonna bless the wafer?'”
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is slated to debut Monday, Sept. 28 on Comedy Central.