Jon Stewart reveals why he really left the Daily Show, and his loathing for Fox News

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Comedian Jon Stewart says he quit the Daily Show after a long period of lower satisfaction with his work, depression and frustration at the American political process and biased news services. Comedian Jon Stewart says he quit the Daily Show after a long period of lower satisfaction with his work, depression and frustration at the American political process and biased news services.
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Fox News is ‘incredibly depressing’ says the Daily Show host.

Comedian Jon Stewart says he quit the Daily Show after a long period of lower satisfaction with his work, depression and frustration at the American political process and biased news services.

Comedian Jon Stewart says he quit the Daily Show after a long period of lower satisfaction with his work, depression and frustration at the American political process and biased news services.

Jon Stewart has revealed he decided to quit the “most perfect job in the world’ as host of the Daily Show after he became mired in a period of dissatisfaction and anger at key news services and the US political process.

Stewart announced in February he would give up the helm of Comedy Central’s popular nightly news satire show at the end of 2015.

“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,” he said.

Stewart joined the Daily Show in 1999 and performs for more than a million viewers each night. But he told The Guardian there were many low points in the last 16 years, including skipping the jokes to cover major news events such as the Charlie Hebdo killings and the constant diet of bad news.

He was particularly scathing of Fox News, a right-leaning news service owned by Rupert Murdoch.

“Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing,” Stewart said, humourously exaggerating the effect of Fox News on his mental health. “I live in a constant state of depression. I think of us as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds, hopefully I don’t get turd lung disease.”

He added the only time he would ever watch Fox News in the future would be by accident, if he was roaming the wintery fields of America after a nuclear accident and mistook the light for a food source. Then he would immediately turn it off.

Stewart, 52, also attributed his decision to a growing disenchantment with American politics as well as desire to spend more time with his children, Nathan, 10, and Maggie, nine.

“It 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.”

In preparation for his exit, Stewart has begun working on a range of projects. His first film, Rosewater, will be released in May. The harrowing account of a reporter imprisoned in Iran was adapted into a screenplay and director by Stewart.

He will be replaced on the Daily Show by young South African comedian Trevor Noah.

Noah’s announcement was accompanied by a storm of online criticism after curious fans unearthed a series of tweets that appeared to make light of violence against women as well as mock overweight women.

Tweets, mostly from 2011 before his rise to international fame, feature a crude sexual joke about Jewish women, as well as mocking “fat chicks,” “Thai hookers,” lesbian porn and women’s sports.

Fairfax Media

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