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WATCH: Stephen Colbert Goes Off Script to Thank Jon Stewart in Tearful Goodbye

The Daily Show host got emotional when his long-time friend thanked him for the last 16 years

By: Maria Cruz

Published: August 7th, 2015 in Culture » TV » News

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Goes Off Script to Thank Jon Stewart in Tearful Goodbye

Photo: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert reunite on the last episode of 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'


Jon Stewart has had a lot of incredible guests see him off in before he says goodnight for the final time on The Daily Show. In his final month, Amy Schumer came in to discuss Trainwreck, President Barack Obama has made several appearances, and Senator Schumer even came in to remind Stewart of his Jewish roots. But there was one person who couldn’t have made goodbye any sweeter.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have worked together for over a decade now – I’m talking since the ‘90s. Colbert joined the second season of The Daily Show back in 1997, landing the job after a sketch on The Dana Carvey Show. When Craig Kilborn left in 1999, Stewart came to take over hosting duties.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly yesterday, Colbert called Stewart a “great gift to everyone who works with him, because you know whether or not you’re giving him what he asked for. That said, he’s always open to other people’s ideas. Best idea wins.”

It seemed only right that the last send-off of Stewart’s career would come from Colbert, who broke script to make sure his friend was sent off with style.

The send-off began with Stewart thanking everyone who put their efforts into the show before Colbert interrupted the uproarious applause. As soon as he made his appearance Stewart covered his mouth and awaited his goodbye.

After a little Lord of the Rings banter, Stewart tried to go to commercial before Colbert sat him and the audience back down. Stewart tried to wheel away in his chair and plead not to hear the goodbye but was forced to listen to Colbert because “you can’t stop anyone because they don’t work for you anymore.”

“You told us never to thank you because you said we owe you nothing,” he began. “It is one of the few times I’ve known you to be dead wrong. We owe you because we learn from you.”

“You are infuriatingly good at your job,” he continued. It was at this point that Stewart bowed his head and tried to hide his emotion. “All of us who were lucky enough to work with you – and you can edit this out later – all of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are better at our jobs because we got to watch you do yours.”

“We are better people for having known you. You are a great artist and a good man. I know you are not asking for this, but on behalf of so many people whose lives you’ve changed over the last 16 years, thank you. And now, I believe your line – correct me if I’m wrong – is ‘we’ll be right back.’”

The audience began cheering and members of the crew came from backstage to join Colbert and Stewart’s hug.

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