Trevor Noah on Why Jon Stewart Left: 'Too Angry to Laugh'

'I'm angry all the time. I don't find any of this funny,' 'Daily Show' host says ex-host told him
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2018 8:21 AM CDT

Jon Stewart has long said he'd tired of the grind on The Daily Show and that his "dissatisfaction" led to his 2015 departure. But in a recent behind-the-scenes chat with Stewart's replacement, Trevor Noah, and other show staffers, Noah reveals Stewart was facing a stronger emotion than dissatisfaction. Noah says when he found out his boss was leaving, he confronted him to find out why, saying he'd fight for him if he was being forced out. But Stewart confessed he was "tired"—and more. "He said, 'I'm angry all the time,'" Noah says. "'I don't find any of this funny. I do not know how to make it funny right now, and I don't think the host of the show ... deserves a host who does not feel that it is funny.'"

Stewart also told Noah to "relish the fact that you can make jokes about these things ... because there will come a day when you are too angry to laugh. But don't rush to get there. You're young and you're fresh." Noah appears to have taken Stewart's advice to heart. In an IndieWire interview last year, he said when people would ask him where his "rage" was, he'd answer: "Why would I be angry? What would my rage stem from?" Instead, he noted, he wants to connect with his audience in a more neutral way. "I am selling you a home and a little space that we can share together to process what is happening in our lives," he said, adding that he prefers to replace "rage" with "an incredulousness." Watch the entire hourlong panel here (the relevant bit starts around 28:30.)

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