Jon Stewart: I Nearly Quit Daily Show Over 'A--holes' on Staff
Stephen Colbert talks to him in NJ theater
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2012 5:35 PM CST
In this Sept. 23, 2012, file photo, Stephen Colbert presents an award onstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Jon Stewart came this close to quitting The Daily Show—and after only one meeting with the show's staff, reports Third-Beat. "What I did not realize is, a lot of the people who worked there were a--holes," said Stewart during a sit-down last night with Stephen Colbert at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. His plan to shift the show from a news magazine to satire took an ugly turn in a meeting with the writing staff: "I walk in the door, into a room with the writers and producers, and the first thing they say is, 'This isn’t some MTV bulls--t.' ... And then I was told not to change the jokes or improvise." So he told his agent to "get me the f--k out of this" and "had to be talked down from a moderately high cliff." It took more than two years of "natural winnowing" to give him a supportive staff.

More revelations from last night:

  • Colbert said he used to sleepwalk, and once dreamed he was stopping ghosts from pouring out of his wife's neck. Sure enough, she woke up to find him gripping her throat. "What … are you doing?" she asked. Said Colbert: "I’m keeping the ghosts in."
  • One guest Stewart couldn't stand: Hugh Grant. "And we've had dictators on the show," Stewart said. "He’s giving everyone shit the whole time" and complained about a clip being used to promote Did You Hear About the Morgans? "Well, then make a better f--king movie," Stewart told him.
  • Stewart gave Colbert a little love, saying that "this is the most vulgar, profane, dirty, sick individual I have ever had the pleasure of laughing my ass off with."
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Dec 14, 2012 4:20 AM CST
A-holes stick together?
Dec 12, 2012 2:44 AM CST
Under host Jon Stewart, The Daily Show has risen to critical acclaim. It has received two Peabody Awards, for its coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.[113] Between 2001 and 2012, it has been awarded 18 Primetime Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program, and a further seven nominations. The show has also been honored by GLAAD, the Television Critics Association, and the Satellite Awards. America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, the 2004 bestseller written by Stewart and the writing staff of The Daily Show, was recognized by Publishers Weekly as its "Book of the Year", and its abridged audiobook edition received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.[114] In September 2010, Time magazine selected the series as one of "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME".[115]
Dec 11, 2012 3:17 PM CST
WOW...Hey WHINERS!!!...If you don't like these guys, don't watch their shows, and really have no reason to be in this story other than to complain, criticize, or write something completely contradictory and stupid like "who cares?" how about you people take a WALK!? No one here or there, cares about why you think they shouldn't have a show. We get it, you suck at having a personality. Go be a dick somewhere else.