Just last week, I was watching The Daily Show, cackling at Jon Stewart's genius, and wondering for the millionth time since his announcement: Why on God's green Earth is he leaving us all to endure the 2016 elections without him?!
It appears he heard me, and we now have some answers.
The beloved liberal host has been mostly elusive until his recent interview with The Guardian, where he revealed that a significant sense of dissatisfaction was beginning to creep in.
“It’s not like I thought the show wasn’t working any more, or that I didn’t know how to do it. It was more, ‘Yup, it’s working. But I’m not getting the same satisfaction,'" he explained. “These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’s OK. But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched, and that’s when you realize, ‘OK, I’m on the back side of it now.’”
Many speculated that his foray into directing, with his documentary Rosewater, may have spurred his decision to abandon us to the wolves--I mean, to leave. Stewart assured that isn't the case.
“Honestly, [the decision] was a combination of the limitations of my brain and a format that is geared towards following an increasingly redundant process, which is our political process. I was just thinking, ‘Are there other ways to skin this cat?’ And, beyond that, it would be nice to be home when my little elves get home from school, occasionally," the 52-year-old said, reiterating a stance he has maintained since the announcement--working for hours on the show took him away from his wife and two young children.
We understand your reasoning, and we're all 100% in support of you making the decisions that are best for you and your family.
But, I'm just saying...the upcoming elections are going to suck our souls from our very beings and we are going to miss you terribly.
Trevor Noah, a correspondent who has often appeared with Stewart on the show, will replace him as host after this year.