Jon Stewart has hosted his final broadcast of The Daily Show on August 6.
A host of stars joined Jon Stewart for the final show, including Bruce Springsteen.
There were also video messages from Secretary of State John Kerry and Republican Senator John McCain.
Jon Stewart took over the show in 1999 and established himself as one of the most influential satirists in the US and the voice of liberal America.
He is being replaced by the South African comedian Trevor Noah.
The Daily Show, broadcast on Comedy Central, has often been cited as a leading news source for young people, with an average audience of one million viewers.
In his final monologue, Jon Stewart thanked colleagues, fans and family.
“Nothing ends. It’s just a continuation. It’s a pause in the conversation,” he said.
“So rather than saying goodbye or good night, I’m just going to say I’m gonna go get a drink,” he said.
The Daily Show has also helped to launch several well-known comic performers, including Steve Carell and John Oliver, as well as Stephen Colbert who is to be David Letterman’s replacement on CBS’s Late Show.
The hashtag #JonVoyage was trending on Twitter as Jon Stewart bid farewell to the Daily Show, with famous fans paying tribute, including President Barack Obama.
However, for John McCain, it was a chance for a spot of gentle revenge. Jon Stewart had once mocked him using a puppet resembling the Republican senator.
Jon Stewart will leave Comedy Central’s The Daily Show later this year.
The comedian said it had “been an absolute privilege” to have been at the helm of the satirical show since 1999.
Jon Stewart will leave the show later this year.
“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you,” he told his audience on February 10.
Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless paid tribute, saying: “His comedic brilliance is second to none.”
Jon Stewart’s show has often been cited as a leading news source for young people, with an average audience of one million viewers.
His targets – and his guests – have been politicians and public figures, addressed in tones that are often indignant, or teasing.
The Daily Show has also been a launch pad for several well-known comic performers, including Steve Carell and John Oliver, as well as Stephen Colbert.
“I’m going to miss being on television every day,” Jon Stewart said.
“I’m going to miss coming here every day. I love the people here. They’re creative and collaborative and kind.
“It’s been the honor of my professional life, and I thank you for watching it, for hate-watching it, whatever reason you are tuning in for.”
Jon Stewart said he was not sure exactly when he would leave, or what he would do next.
In 2013, the comdien took time out to direct a film, Rosewater, about an Iranian-born journalist who was imprisoned and accused of spying.
“I don’t have any specific plans,” he said.
“Got a lot of ideas, got a lot of things in my head. I’m going to have dinner on a school night with my family, who I have heard from multiple sources are lovely people.”
Comedy Central has not said who will replace Jon Stewart.
His departure comes after the network lost Stephen Colbert, another major comedy figure, who left to take over David Letterman’s late night show on CBS.
In a statement, Michele Ganeless said: “Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come.
“Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.”
The Daily Show last night highlighted a part on the decline of Borders.
Author and comedian John Hodgman asked Jon Stewart,
“Did you know books used to be available in what was called ‘bookstores?'”
Borders website: going out of business
The Borders company was founded in 1971 in Ann Arbor, Mich., as a used bookstore. In these 40 years of existence, Borders had to struggle in a very competitive retail environment when the management was constantly changing. At the end, Borders failed to compete effectively with online retailers and to move aggressively into digital books.
Today, a group of liquidators are closing the remaining 399 Borders stores. This will leave 10,700 people out of job.
Mike Edwards, Borders’ president, said in a statement.
“The headwinds we have been facing for quite some time, including the rapidly changing book industry, e-reader revolution, and turbulent economy, have brought us to where we are now.”
Borders liquidating its remaining stores could bring the biggest changes into the book publishing industry. Because of Borders disappearance, the book selling scenery alter, driving writers to find other places to sell their work.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Jennifer Romanello, executive director of publicity at Grand Central Publishing in New York who stopped sending writers to many Borders for book signings once they announced bankruptcy in February, claims she already seeks different locations to advertise their work.
“It’s one less outlet to use in promoting our authors,” she said. “There are still other things out there; we see if there’s an independent bookstore nearby. But the number of bookstores has been contracting, not expanding, so we’re selective where we send out authors.”
What are the financial analysts commenting on the Borders closing?
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”stanga”]From Borders’ leaving will certainly benefit its competition, including Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, which might move into a lot of the store spaces left by Borders. Independent book shops that have fought for a long time the onslaught of superstores are enjoying too.
Barclays Capital analyst Alan Rifkin predicts the Barnes & Noble chain could gain $220 million to $330 million in revenue, or about 10% to 15% of Borders annual revenue.
Rifkin said even though Barnes & Noble has more aggressively and successfully pursued the e-book space than Borders did — with Barnes & Noble’s Nook e-reader and e-bookstore — it still faces the same stiff competition from online retailers.
“As the demand for physical books continues to decline, the need for big-box physical bookstores will likely continue to decline as well,” he wrote in a client note.
Adrian Sierra, 36, a realtor from Westchester, N.Y., for example, left Borders store in Penn Station in New York with no shopping bag stuffed with books. He was, on the other hand, holding his iPad.
“I’ll miss them,” he says, but, “I’m not going to buy another paperback in my life. There’s no reason to anymore.”
A growing number of customers like Sierra are the reason that Borders liquidation will most likely accelerate sales of e-books, said Forrester media analyst James McQuivey. He predicts e-book sales will nearly triple by 2015 to $2.18 billion, with the number of e-readers jumping from 10.3 million at the end of 2010 to 29.4 million by 2015.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]
The closings of Borders Stores, mentioned by Jon Steward in “The Daily Show” last night, are a loss for communities across the United States.
Mr. Edwards told Borders employees in a company memo:
“For decades, our stores have been destinations within our communities – places where people have sought knowledge, entertainment, and enlightenment and connected with others who share their passion.”