Jon Stewart did an interview with The Guardian shortly before announcing that he was leaving The Daily Show and then again soon after that announcement. It’s a lot interview, and it covers a lot related to his feelings about The Daily Show and why he’s leaving now in advance of the next Presidential election, but also other parts of his life and how he came to be where he is. There’s stuff about his decision to change his name, how he views the competing TV news channels, what interviews he’s been disappointed, and also the fact that Bronn from Game of Thrones is partially responsible for Piers Morgan. See below:
“Since he asked, I tell Stewart how Morgan and Simon Cowell became friends in the 1990s, after Morgan helped promote the Cowell-produced singing duo Robson & Jerome in the Sun. When Morgan was fired from the Mirror, Cowell returned the favour by casting him as a judge on his talent shows and, in turn, introducing him to an American TV audience.”
For those who are unaware, Robson & Jerome were really Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, the later of whom is now the most charismatic mercenary in the 7 Kingdoms.
But back to Stewart himself, the biggest takeaway that I got from the interview is just that he’s been ground down by the work and I don’t think any of us can blame him for that. Politics is depressing in small doses, to cover it day and day out, through multiple election cycles for the last 15 years and seeing almost no change for the better, I can’t imagine that it’s been easy for him. I’m sad to see him go, but I am glad that he’s making this move to take care of himself and his family before he ends up truly burned out.