It’s been nearly a year since Jon Stewart hosted The Daily Show for the final time. Since the political comedian left the show, he’s spent most of his time raising animals with his wife on their farm, only making a few public appearances. One of these was last Saturday, when Stewart came to the stage at the 75th Annual Peabody Awards to accept the honor for his work on The Daily Show.
“I’m shocked at the breadth, and somewhat disappointed, at the terrible conditions in the world that you all are addressing through your good work,” Stewart told the crowd, which included a number of actors, filmmakers, and broadcasters that strove to create positive change through their work. “Because I thought that we, over our 16 years, had healed a lot of this through witty repartee.”
After a montage of some of Stewart’s best moments from his Comedy Central series was played as an introduction for him, the comedian joked that it felt like a eulogy. To some fans, it does feel like Stewart has passed on from the comedy world — Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams even joked to EW on the red carpet, “I’ve only seen him rescuing animals, and he’s got that post-late-night beard thing going on.”
The Peabody Awards will air Monday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET on Pivot. Watch an exclusive clip of Stewart’s speech above.