What? Did you think Jon Stewart was going to be rubbing pigs forever? The former host of The Daily Show and activist supreme is likely gearing up for a return to the airwaves sooner rather than later, according to HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Despite saying he was “done” with the election last year, Stewart probably knew in the back of his mind that it would only be a matter of time until he was pulled back into political commentary, and the return may be happening when we need him most — the general election.
HBO and Stewart signed a four-year deal in 2015 to create “short form content” for HBO and HBO GO. Stewart’s show is still under lock and key, but we can all expect it to be insightful and satirical. Plepler naturally seems thrilled to have Stewart under the HBO banner:
“It is a perfect example of bringing a remarkable original voice into the house, giving a new opportunity of expression to that original voice and saying, ‘We now have the flexibility to let you paint however you want to. My hunch is it will evolve over time. It will iterate over time.’ “
When Plepler was asked about Stewart’s potential return, he kept it short and sweet, saying, “Yeah, I’m hopeful.” That seems like the understatement of this election season.
But let’s not forget that HBO already has a satirical news show from Daily Show veteran, John Oliver. Will Stewart complement Oliver’s takedowns, or will they become a fearsome tag team for HBO? The Jon and John Connection sounds good for viewers, and possibly very bad for certain nominees.