This Monday, Jon Stewart will take the stage for the beginning of his final run as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Since taking the seat in 1999, the comedian has had a variety of guests on the program ranging from low-level movie stars to politicians in the highest rankings of government.
However, there are few in Stewart’s repertoire that can compete with the power held by Barack Obama, the only sitting president to have ever appeared on the program. Now, with Stewart on his way out, it’s been confirmed the President will be making one more trip to the New York City studio before all is said and done.
According to Variety, Stewart is going to host POTUS this coming Tuesday on the show. The appearance will mark Obama’s third time coming on the series as president since taking office in 2008, and his seventh appearance overall.
Following his past two appearances, some have come to accuse Stewart for being combative with the president during his interviews – often trying to cut through the BS in order to get to the heart of a matter. He did this in front of a packed theater crowd during the man’s first trip as the sitting U.S. president, and he did it a second time when he came back through during his re-election campaign.
It’s always been somewhat stunning to see Obama appearing on the show during his presidency, despite Stewart hardly offering water-downed criticism of some of his policies. However, unlike his predecessor, Obama has been much more open overall to the idea of appearing on programs such as The Daily Show, as well as other non-traditional forms of media including WTF with Marc Maron and a Zach Galifianakis digital short of Between Two Ferns. There are fair odds that Obama’s appearance has less to do with Stewart leaving than it does with his latest circle through the press line, but the timing does line-up nicely.
No one knows just what kinds of things Stewart has planned for his final three weeks. In one scenario, he could go out quietly to a standing ovation like Letterman did, and in another scenario, he could just take an axe to his studio the way Conan did the first time he left Late Night for his ill-fated time on The Tonight Show. Either way, it should be entertaining.
The Daily Show returns this Monday at 11/10c on Comedy Central.