Comedy Central (Daily Show): Jon Stewart (Host)
“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” – Will Rogers. There are few entertainers of this generation that embody Twain’s reflection as much as Jon Stewart did as host of The Daily Show. Stewart made a living of reporting the fake (and often too real) news with satire, incisive political commentary, and heartfelt emotion. After government, his next target on the show was often the mainstream media and in particular conservative pundits like Bill O’Reilly, through his own show or live events. In his 16 season tenure, Jon Stewart brought viewers, and dollars, to Comedy Central, as well as 16 Emmys and even 1 Grammy award. Stewart’s brand is estimated to be worth approximately $100 million annually and the network will certainly miss the advertising revenue he generated. Stewart recently signed a 4-year production deal with HBO. Trevor Noah replaced Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, although it will be difficult for Comedy Central to fill the ad buy for the man who put satirical news and, in no small way, the network into relevance. The rest of America will miss his “War on Bullsh*t”. Especially as we prepare for a storm of it in the upcoming presidential elections.