Jon Stewart returns to television to host an upcoming episode of ESPN’s Sports Center to raise money for wounded veteran athletes.
There has been talk about Jon Stewart returning to television since the cable giant HBO announced in late 2015 that Jon Stewart signed an exclusive four-year contract to create short-form digital content for HBO Go, HBO Now and other platforms.
In the meantime, he has made several cameo appearances, such as his two cameo appearances on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show – the first time appearing on the final night of the Republican National Convention.
Appearing in a t-shirt and looking a little scruffy, he took over Colbert’s desk with style and a good bit of anger, telling the viewing audience: “Well, the convention’s over. I thought Donald Trump was going to speak. Ivanka said that he was going to come out. She said he was really compassionate and generous, but then this angry groundhog came out and he just vomited on everybody for an hour.”
His second appearance on the show was in mid-February, when he discussed Trump’s break-up with the media, delivering one of his best rants ever.
Hey guys, hey media, so, I heard Donald broke up with you. Stings a little, doesn’t it? You finally thought you’d met your match. A blabbermouth who’s as thin-skinned and narcissistic as you are. Well now it’s over! Well, good riddance, I say! Kick him to the curb.
It is time for you to get your groove back, media. Because, let’s face facts, you kind of let yourself go a little bit for these past few years. You put on a few pundits. Obsessing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, about this one guy. ‘What’s Donny up to?! Did he say anything about us?! You think he’s gonna come on our show?! Do you think he even likes us? He doesn’t even have to come on. He can just call us! Oh Donny, please, just let us know you’re okay!’
And the whole time you’re all chasing after Donny, the rest of us are thinking, ‘Can’t you see he’s an asshole?’ No, you try to defend him! ‘No, no, that’s just primaries Donald. That’s just election Donald. You’ll see. We can change him! He’ll get presidential!’
Yeah, how’d that work out?” It didn’t. And you know why? Because 70-year-old men don’t get less cranky or racist as time goes by. Unless they happen to be visited by three spirits in the night.
Vanity Fair reports that “On Friday, Jon Stewart will return to TV—to host an episode of SportsCenter on ESPN, alongside SportsCenter “Face to Face” host Hannah Storm.
The Chicago Tribune adds that:
Stewart and Storm will do the show from Chicago’s United Center, site of the 2017 Warrior Games. The event, organized by the Department of Defense and featuring 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans, began on June 30 and ends Saturday.
ESPN has been running features from the Warrior Games, including some involving Stewart, and on Friday, the comedian and Storm will anchor live segments from United Center during the 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” before hosting the 7 p.m. episode. According to ESPN, Stewart, who hosted the Games’ opening ceremony, will also do a live interview from the arena during the 11 p.m. “SportsCenter.”
Stewart hosted “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” for 16 years beginning in 1999 and stepped down from the show in 2015. The show won three Primetime Emmys®, including Outstanding Variety Talk Series, and has received 23 Primetime Emmys® overall, as well as two Peabody Awards, which are given in recognition of distinguished and meritorious public service by American radio and television.
Stewart hosted the Academy Awards® twice, wrote the bestselling book “Naked Pictures of Famous People,” and co-authored the bestselling books “America (The Book): A Guide to Democracy Inaction” and “Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race.” He wrote and directed the 2014 feature film “Rosewater.”