“Earlier than Jon, we had no concept you could possibly make a TV present the place you play clips of one other TV present after which stated, ‘Boy, that different TV present sucks,’” Mr. Kimmel stated. “He took on Fox Information each night time and he uncovered their hypocrisy, their cynicism and lies — and because of his heroic work, they have been by no means heard from once more.”
However his impression was not misplaced on the world of comedy.
“He impressed a technology of imitators,” stated Samantha Bee, one other former correspondent who praised him for paving the way in which for different information satire reveals that prod at politics, media and tradition, together with her personal, “Full Frontal,” on TBS; “The Colbert Report”; and “Final Week Tonight With John Oliver.”
His affect was not restricted to the USA.
“You’re the origin story of each one in all us,” stated Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian comic who was run out of his nation after his personal satirical information present, “Al Bernameg,” took on the federal government.
Mr. Stewart was additionally acknowledged on Sunday night time for his activism and advocacy on behalf of emergency employees and veterans. Pete Davidson, the “Saturday Night time Reside” star whose father, a Brooklyn firefighter, died responding to the Sept. 11 assaults, thanked Mr. Stewart for the work he had executed. That included Mr. Stewart’s emotional rebuke of Congress’s failure to safe funding for ailing victims, which led to the reauthorization of the September eleventh Sufferer Compensation Fund.
“If my dad have been right here,” Mr. Davidson stated, “I do know he’d be completely satisfied that you just’re searching for him and his mates in spite of everything these years.”
The prize itself, a bust of Mark Twain, was offered to Mr. Stewart onstage by John Feal, an advocate for survivors of the Sept. 11 assaults, and Sgt. Israel Del Toro, a wounded Air Pressure veteran.