In the one-hour finale, Jon focused on all of the comedians and his support staff who contributed to the program for the past 16 years. “There are days where you come in and the confusion and the fog is everywhere, and the people here never fail to have my back on those moments. Somebody in the building bringing inspiration – ideas, tenacity, hard work – it’s the thing I’m proudest of, of this place. It’s not the show. It’s the process of the show. It’s the people of the show and the atmosphere.”
He added, “This is the most beautiful place I have been and I’ll never have that again, and I had to come to terms with that before leaving."
The finale featured taped cameos from Bill O’Reilly, Senator John McCain, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, and Craig Kilborn. Jon was joined for his last taping by Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, who all began their careers on the show. Watch Jon get emotional while Stephen honored him!
Jerry Seinfeld said, "Wish you all best, dude. Keep taking those fantastic pauses, inhales, slow squint then drop funny line... Love you, man.”
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Congratulations to Jon Stewart on an incredible achievement in comedy. Sadly, now it's back to getting all my news from Geraldo #DailyShow— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 6, 2015
Here's to your own moment of zen, jon stewart. We’ll miss u #JonVoyage— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) August 7, 2015
Thank you Jon Stewart & @TheDailyShow for making us laugh but more importantly for making us all think about the world around us.— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 6, 2015
You used outrageousness to aim outrage where it needed to go. So #JonVoyage, and thank you.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 6, 2015
Am I going to have to start actually reading the paper? #jonvoyage— Natasha Leggero (@natashaleggero) August 7, 2015