Jon Stewart Makes Surprise ‘Daily Show’ Return for 9/11 First Responders

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Jon Stewart Returns To ‘The Daily Show’ To Push Zadroga Act.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Comedian Jon Stewart returned to “The Daily Show” where he made a push to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who became ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.“I have this issue I care about very deeply and I was wondering — I want to get attention paid to it but I was realizing I don’t have a show, and nobody gives a shit anymore. He urged, badgered and exhorted Congress, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to pass the Zadroga Act. “How about this: hashtag worst responders,” Stewart said. “Everybody get online and you tell Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and Congress: Do the right thing — pass the Zadroga Re-authorization Act.” Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but some Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it’s operating soundly. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. The fact that it had only been four months since he left, it was only natural for new anchor Trevor Noah to be a little nervous: “Are you here to take the show back?

Oh, man, I heard about this in American TV!” The bearded, casually dressed Stewart (which has become something of a new uniform for him over the past few months) reassured Noah that his job was safe. He then added that “the people of congress are not as good of people as the people who are first responders.” Stewart’s appearance on The Daily Show closed with a pre-taped segment featuring the former host and a group of first responders attempting to discuss the 9/11 Health and Compensation with various Congress members in Washington, D.C. “We’re here to see if shame works,” Stewart said. At the start of his segment, a bearded Stewart appeared behind host Trevor Noah at the “Daily Show” anchor desk. “Are you lost?” Noah asked him. To his dismay, only one man, Kenny Specht, returned to continue the discussion, as one person (operating engineer John Devlin) has since died, and the other two were unable to attend due to illness.

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