10 of Jon Stewart’s highlights from ‘The Daily Show’

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10 of Jon Stewart’s Highlights From ‘The Daily Show’.

NEW YORK — When he leaves Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Aug. 6 after hosting nearly 2,600 episodes, Jon Stewart will have logged too many great moments to count. If you were wondering about those secret White House meetings Jon Stewart had with President Barack Obama, the comedian hates to break it to you, but they weren’t that exciting—or that secret.Jon Stewart has made hit back at media speculation over his two ‘secret’ visits to the White House, joking President Obama told him he was an ‘a**hole’ on the trips. Last week, the creatively coiffed Republican presidential candidate told The Hill that he was asked to appear on Stewart’s final episode, which will air on Thursday, August 6. “They have invited me,” Trump said. “They’re begging me to go on.” Daily Show executive producers Jen Flanz and Tim Greenberg, however, contradict Trump’s version of events in an interview with EW. “Him being invited to the last show is factually inaccurate,” Flanz tells us.

Stewart called out the story for containing a couple of inaccuracies, including the claim that these meetings were held in secret when, in fact, they were documented in the White House’s visitors log. Bush’s remarks as he clinched the presidency, Stewart replayed Bush declaring, “I was not elected to serve one party,” to which he retorted, “You were not ELECTED.” Then back to Bush saying, “I ask for you to pray for this great nation.” To which Stewart added somberly, “We’re waaaaay ahead of you.” (September 2001) On his first show following the Sept. 11 attacks, Stewart, with his emotions barely in check, delivered a soul-bearing statement of grief, “so that we can drain whatever abscess is in our hearts and move on to the business of making you laugh, which we haven’t been able to do very effectively lately.” He went on: “Our show has changed. As for the what the pair discussed, Fox News speculated that a crack about a shirtless Vladimir Putin, made not long after Obama warned Russian about further military intervention in Ukraine, was proof the president and host were in cahoots. When asked whether Trump might show up on another episode in the final week, Flanz said emphatically, “I can tell you that Donald Trump is not coming on the show. On Wednesday’s edition of the show, he told viewers the media portrayal of the meetings as clandestine ‘basically sounds so much more awesome than what happened’.

But that’s what I like about ‘The Daily Show’: It’s like checks and balances.” Always questioning authority — whether politicians, corporate titans, media barons or, of course, puffed-up journalists — Stewart did what satirists have done for centuries: He seized on the absurdity embedded in accepted truth. In actuality, the meeting went more like this, according to Stewart: Obama scolded him for turning young Americans cynical, Stewart explained he was actually “skeptically idealistic,” then they argued about fixing the VA and Healthcare.gov.

I confidentially feel like it’s okay for us to say that.” Trump aside, Flanz and Greenberg also had a lot to say about the emotions on the set, their plans to celebrate Stewart’s final sign-off, and some advice that they gave incoming host Trevor Noah. The only difference was that food was involved. “I have been summoned by a surprisingly wide variety of individuals over the years, from tech giants to financial captains to Billy Joel,” Stewart said. “The general thrust of all those meetings or phone conversations are the same. What it’s become, I don’t know.” (October 2004) Stewart appeared as a guest on CNN’s quarrelsome “Crossfire,” where he startled its hosts by criticizing them for their “partisan hackery” and “doing theater when you should be doing debate.” He implored them to “stop hurting America,” and when Tucker Carlson, the show’s conservative host, invited him to drop the serious act and be funny, Stewart shot back, “No, I’m not going to be your monkey!” (March 2006) Stewart hosted the Oscars twice — in 2008 and two years before, when in his monologue he noted that two of the nominated films, “Good Night and Good Luck” and “Capote,” were about “determined journalists defying obstacles in a relentless pursuit of the truth.

Needless to say,” he added pointedly, “both are period pieces.” (March 2009) Stewart took on CNBC, unreeling video of the financial news network’s personalities making howlingly wrong forecasts for market behavior. Stewart cracked he was summoned to Ailes’ office by a raven, and illustrated their chat with a clip from Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal in which a character confronts the Grim Reaper. “Was the President of the United States trying to influence or intimidate or flatter me?” Stewart asked. “My guess is, uhh-huh. In 2010, he and fellow Comedy Central fake-news personality Stephen Colbert even organized a rollicking “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” that drew tens of thousands to Washington’s National Mall. On one show in July, he recalled Trump having said he “assumes” that not everyone illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico is a rapist. “By the law of averages,” Stewart explained, deadpan, a few of those immigrants are “unable to rape for medical reasons,” or maybe are “all raped out.”

Americans, said Stewart in one of the telecast’s more serious moments, do “impossible things every day that are only made possible through the little, reasonable compromises we all make.” But reasonable compromises are what elected officials are loath to make in the present day; what news media dismiss in favor of spotlighting the more watchable bad behavior and conflict. “Wouldn’t it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative had to apologize for misleading America?” mused Stewart last March in reference to a certain cable-news network. From 2005 to 2011, he starred in the NBC comedy “The Office,” then left to continue a thriving film career, including his Oscar-nominated performance in the 2014 drama “The Foxcatcher.” — Ed Helms (2002-2006). Stewart mocked claims he and the President somehow coordinated on his agenda after the host slammed Putin for the ‘naked aggression’ of a movement of Russian troops to the border with Ukraine at the time of Obama’s interview.

And, after all, how much crazy can one man comb through night after night, searching for laughs, and retain his own sanity? “I honestly have nothing, other than sadness,” he said before sadly predicting that, even now, after yet another American atrocity, “we still won’t do jack—-” to join together for a solution. In fact, in my entire tenure here of being yelled at by some very influential and powerful people — and Billy Joel — only with one of those people has a phone call ever ended with, quote, ‘This conversation never happened. If that’s the case, his fans can thank Stewart for his abiding and soon-to-be-missed role in bringing us the crazy with insight, clarity and, of course, loads of laughs. And if you say it did, I’ll deny it.'” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced he was upholding Tom Brady’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension, the Patriots’ quarterback let it be known that he doesn’t intend to take a seat without a fight. FLANZ: I would say if there are people you think you want to see say goodbye to Jon, they might be coming… We don’t want to give anything away, but it’ll be exciting! Along with comic TV appearances, he has been a regular on the dramas “The Bedford Diaries” and “Jericho,” as well as on the current HBO comedy “The Brink.” FILE – In this April 27, 2015 file photo, Aasif Mandvi arrives at the LA Premiere of “The D Train” in Los Angeles.

In a statement posted Wednesday on his Facebook page, Brady said he was “very disappointed” with Goodell’s decision, dismissed several findings of the Wells Report and denied he played a role in – or had any knowledge of – the deflation of game balls used in the Patriots’ AFC Championship rout of the Indianapolis Colts in January. “I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady wrote. “Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past six months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was ‘probable’ that I was ‘generally aware’ of misconduct. The fact is that neither I, nor any equipment person, did anything of which we have been accused.” Brady also addressed the “new evidence” Goodell mentioned when announcing his decision – the destruction of a cellphone the commissioner said contained “text messages and other electronic information” – denying that he had purposely tried to obstruct the league’s investigation or hide his role in the “Deflategate” scandal. “I disagree with yesterday’s narrative surrounding my cellphone. GREENBERG: We still do have a show to put on everyday, so we’re burying ourselves in our work and try not to be sad about this place that love with Jon ending. GREENBERG: One thing about Jon that’s always impressed me more than anything – and I’ve thought this long before I thought anyone would ask me to comment on Jon in light of his leaving – is not just that he’s funny or smart or all those things that you always say when you’re asked “What’s Jon like?” at a cocktail party. The effort that he puts in to making this a good place to work day in and day out, I think that’s where a lot of his genius lies – and certainly a lot of his effort.

After 15, 16 years, how are you still putting that amount of effort into not only making the show good but also making people feel good and making everybody work together well. I was like, all we need to make sure we keep… well, no matter what happens with how we cover the news and stuff like that, the vibe of the office and the way that we all work together is the thing that we need to keep above all else.

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