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Jon Stewart speaks at The Daily Show's FYC event about his decision to return

Several members of The daily show – Jon Stewart, Ronny Chieng, Jordan Klepper, Michael Kosta and Desi Lydic – gathered at the Paramount Theater on Friday night for the Comedy Central show’s Emmy FYC event.

During the nearly hour-long conversation, Stewart poked fun at Donald Trump and explained his decision to return to the show. Most notably, the late-night host didn't rule out the idea when asked if he would consider staying beyond his expected November exit.

Much of the conversation that night revolved around Stewart's surprise weekly return to the show after giving up hosting duties in 2015. Stewart began the conversation by joking that he had been arrested “for 32…34” crimes and that his return to the show was “part of community service to avoid prison time.”

Stewart spoke briefly about his early exit from his Apple TV+ show. The problemafter creative disagreements arose between the iPhone maker and Stewart over possible topics and guests. “They said it would be better if I didn't say the things I like to say to them,” the host said.

Stewart explained that Comedy Central, which was looking for a new host after Trevor Noah's departure in 2022, asked him to return. “And I said, 'No,'” the host recalled to laughter from the audience.

The comedian then said he was intrigued by the cable network's request to return on the air just once a week. Stewart went on to say his return has been “phenomenal” and praised the panel's correspondents, who are among those who take turns hosting Tuesday through Thursday.

When asked what the other presenters thought about Stewart's return, Klepper jokingly replied: “I thought he was still alive? What a relief.”

“They say you should never meet your heroes,” Lydic added. “I say meet your hero and get paid by him immediately.”

Klepper, who was hired by Stewart during that first season of the show, spoke about a Zoom call between all the hosts shortly after Stewart's return where they were able to discuss “difficulties in hosting.” The daily show.” Klepper added: “I have to say, hosting a late-night show is a strange, lonely and odd job.”

Chieng told the audience that he took a very research-oriented approach when he first joined the show as a correspondent, but seeing Stewart return was different than knowing his hosting skills in an academic sense.

“When you see the first episode … it’s like [Michael] Jordan was back on the offensive in 1996,” he said. Chieng also credited Stewart as the person who “invented modern American satire.”

The hosts also briefly discussed the show's plans to go to the Democratic and Republican conventions. “I've never been to a convention… Should I leave the stage for that part of the question?” Kosta joked.

At the end of the evening, Stewart spoke about his possible stay on the show after his expected departure after the presidential election. “The only thing I will say is that I quit nine years ago because I got burned.[out],” Stewart said. “And I don't feel that right now. I feel revitalized.”