Jon Stewart Is Ready for 'Next Iteration' of 'Daily Show'

February 20, 2015 1:47 PM

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Jon Stewart Is Ready for 'Next Iteration' of 'Daily Show'

Jon Stewart shocked his loyal Daily Show viewers when he announced a little over a week ago that he would be leaving the show with an emotional, heartfelt speech. Although he has continued filming the show – his final date is still up in the air – he did not give an interview to discuss his decision to leave until last night, when he was a guest on Catie Lazarus' hilarious, live-recorded podcast Employee of the Month, which tapes at Joe's Pub in New York City. During the entertaining and candid 45-minute chat, which touched on everything from the making of Stewart's directorial debut Rosewater to his appearance in the fill-fated movie Death to Smoochy, he opened up about his reason to leave The Daily Show. Here are nine things we learned from the interview.

1. He's not retiring. "There's no retirement," he said. "I need more flexibility. I've got maybe four or five more years with the kids before they really don't want anything to do with me. I'm just not there. You can't go 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for 16 years and think you can tell them, 'You're going to be...

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