Jon Stewart said goodbye to “The Daily Show” on Thursday, America’s foremost satirist of politicians and the media ushered out by Bruce Springsteen and a reunion of the many colleagues that he worked with during 16 years as host.
“Guess what? Stewart said. “I’ve got big news. This is it.”
Colbert, who begins in September as David Letterman’s replacement on CBS’ “Late Show,” offered the most heartfelt tribute, saying the accomplishments of Stewart’s troupe members through the years was a testament to the example he set.
“You were infuriatingly good at your job,” Colbert said.
Some of Stewart’s comedy targets appeared in cameos to get in a final word. Wolf Blitzer wished him well, while the screen behind him on the CNN set read, “Screw you, Stewart.”