Jon Stewart returns to the news desk -- on SportsCenter
Jon Stewart is working on his “fundamentals” in preparation for his next news desk gig: SportsCenter.
The Daily Show veteran will co-host an hour of the ESPN program with Hannah Storm on Friday, July 7. “I’m working back on my sitting,” he said in a video promoting the episode. “I spent so much time behind a desk at my old job, so I’m just going through the motions there, turning [to] camera 1, camera 2, you know. Just working on my fundamentals to get ready to go to SportsCenter.”
This special edition of SportsCenter will air live from the United Center at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN during the Warrior Games in Chicago, the network announced. Storm and Stewart will also co-anchor in the 6 p.m. time slot, and Stewart will do an interview for the website at 11 p.m.
“It’s a thrill for me not just to be a part of the Warrior Games but also to work with someone who’s one of the best-known hosts in the television industry and such a great talent,” Storm said in a statement. “I’ve always been a fan of his work, and he’s so involved and so passionate about this cause.”
The Warrior Games consist of multiple events for wounded, injured, or ill service personnel and veterans. As Stewart told The Chicago Tribune of last year’s games, “It was great, but it was [just] the athletes, their families, their caregivers, and it felt like something that the public should be involved in. On the way home, I was saying, ‘This is where the cameras should be, this would be perfect for ESPN.’ And my son just said, ‘Well, why don’t you call them?'”
Since leaving The Daily Show, Stewart has palled around with his longtime friend Stephen Colbert on The Late Show multiple times. He rejoined John Oliver and Samantha Bee for a Daily Show reunion sketch and came on to scold Colbert for his “potty mouth” amid an FCC investigation.