Jon Stewart is returning to the Daily Show but there's a catch!

Jon Stewart is coming back to host The Daily Show but it's not a full-time return.
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Jon Stewart is returning to The Daily Show this year, but there’s a bit of a catch to it. Find out when you can see the venerable host come back to the hit show!

Whenever The Daily Show is mentioned, Jon Stewart is still who comes to mind. The comedian took over from Craig Kilborn in 1999 and remade the show from just pop culture to a humorous take on politics. Over the next decade and a half, Stewart helped transform The Daily Show into a fantastic view of politics, culture and more, often showing some savvy in interviews with real-life politicians. 

Stewart left the show in 2015, although he made some appearances afterward while remaining as producer. Trevor Noah took over as host and would continue to do so before suddenly departing in 2022. Since then, the show has been rotating a variety of guest hosts, such as Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes, Kal Penn, and more. It seems Comedy Central is dragging its feet a bit in picking a regular host. 

This was highlighted at the Emmy Awards when Noah was accepting the Outstanding Talk Show award, and behind him, correspondent Roy Wood Jr. (who is leaving the show) was seen mouthing, “Please hire a host.”

This is a big deal, with 2024 set to be huge with the upcoming Presidential election. So it’s no surprise that the producers have reached out to get Stewart back as host, although it's not going to be a full-time return.

When does Jon Stewart return to The Daily Show?

Per TV Line, Stewart will only host on Mondays, starting February 12. The various Daily Show correspondents will host the remaining three weekly episodes.

In a statement, Chris McCarthy, President and CEO of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, shared how excited producers were welcoming Stewart back. 

"Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honored to have him return to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show to help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season. In our age of staggering hypocrisy and performative politics, Jon is the perfect person to puncture the empty rhetoric and provide much-needed clarity with his brilliant wit."

Stewart himself broke the news with his usual wit on how he “decided to enter the transfer portal for my last year of eligibility.”

This comes shortly after Apple TV+ announced it would not continue The Problem With Jon Stewart. A return to The Daily Show seems a good bet for Stewart to continue his work.

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The Daily Show airs Mondays through Thursdays at 11/10c on Comedy Central.