Women of the Daily Show: No Boys' Club Here

Staffers defend Jon Stewart from 'sexist' charges
In this March 12, 2009, file photo, Jon Stewart hosts a taping of the 'Daily Show.'   (AP)

(User Submitted) – The female staff members of the Daily Show have released a message on the program's website rejecting the allegations that Jon Stewart is a sexist who runs the show with "joyless rage." In their message (addressed to "Dear People Who Don't Work Here") they point out that women make up 40% of the total staff, filling roles from co-executive producers to "the entire accounting and audience departments."

Female staffers also note that, while working at the show is challenging, it's also fair and they enjoy working in a "meritocracy" where hard work, intelligence, and creativity are quick to be recognized. And what is Stewart himself really like? "Generous, humble, genuine, compassionate," and "the opposite of sexist" are among the descriptions. They wrap it up with a tongue-in-cheek sign-off: "Thanks to the male writers who penned this for us." Read the full message.

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