Jon Stewart Has Final Moment of Zen
He says heartfelt farewell after 16 years at the Daily Show
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2015 1:54 AM CDT
Updated Aug 7, 2015 6:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – So long, and thanks for all the Daily Shows. Jon Stewart bowed out last night after 16 years at the Comedy Central show and was joined by just about every former correspondent, including Steven Colbert, whose tribute brought the host to tears. "We owe you—and not just what you did for our careers by employing us to come on this tremendous show that you made. We owe you because we learned from you," he said. "You are infuriatingly good at your job. All of us, who were lucky enough to work with you—and you can edit this out later—all of us are all better at our jobs, because we got to watch you do yours. And we are better people for having known you. You are a great artist and a good man."

Stewart also received farewells from politicians including Hillary Clinton, who said it was a bummer that Stewart is leaving the show "just when I'm running for president," and John McCain, who said "So long, jackass." Leading up to his final "moment of zen," Stewart described the show as a "dialogue" that will go on. "This show isn't ending," he said. "We're merely taking a small pause in the conversation. A conversation which, by the way, I have hogged," he continued. "So rather than saying goodbye, or goodnight, I’m just gonna say: I'm gonna go get a drink, and I’m sure I'll see you guys before I leave." To close out the show, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played "Land of Hope and Dreams" and "Born to Run." (Arby's gave Stewart a $460,000 farewell.)