Unlikely, but consider:
- He did lobby to get The Tonight Show after Leno,
- He’s actually quite funny, and
- We now know he’s good at fake news.
The best imagined phone conversation, via the Reddit thread on Stewart.
NBC Mgmt: Hey Brian, what’s up?
BriWi: Jon Stewart just let me know on the DL that he’s leaving the Daily Show at the end of the year.
NBC Mgmt: Good. With Colbert in at CBS that’ll help with Jimmy and Seth’s ratings. How does that affect you?
BriWi: I want his job.
NBC Mgmt: What are you high? You’re the closest thing this generation has to a Walter Cronkite or a Dan Rather. Plus you’re under contract for the next two years.
BriWi: So you’re saying there’s no way you’ll let me out of my contract?
NBC Mgmt: You’d have to something so boneheadedly stupid it’d seriously damage your credibility and the network’s.
BriWi: Hmmm… I wonder…
NB Mgmt: What’s that?
BriWi: Hmm? Oh. Nothing. Goodnight, sir.
NBC Mgmt: Good night, Brian.
In the meantime, I can’t quite imagine the 2016 election cycle without Stewart.
So… let me add an implausible New York ticket to your 2016 dreams: Clinton/Stewart.
Unlikely. But someone will need to fill Hillary’s Senate seat.