Jon Stewart may have stepped away as host of "The Daily Show" in early August, but he had a few more going-away gifts to receive Sunday night. Stewart took home Emmy awards for Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for his work on the Comedy Central series. International Business Times reporter Monica Castillo was on hand to hear what the former late-night host thinks about his replacement and what he plans to do next.
"If I had known what life was like on the other side, I probably would have left earlier," Stewart said. "I may just end up on a boat somewhere, floating out to an island."
“The Daily Show” beat “The Colbert Report,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” “Last Week Tonight” and “The Late Show With David Letterman” for the Outstanding Variety Talk Series award. Stewart stepped away from the series on Aug. 6 after hosting the TV show for over 16 years. Comedian Trevor Noah will be taking over as host when "The Daily Show" returns Sept. 28.
Zhubin Parang, head writer of "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah," said he's excited about the new host. "The foundation Jon has given us here as writers and producers is going to make it incredible; it's going to be great," Parang said.
When asked if he had any advice to give Noah, Stewart said Noah is ready to take on the role of host, but he's there if Noah ever has any questions. "He's such a talented guy and has such a great combination for this, that it's not a question of giving him advice; it’s just being there for support if he ever feels like chatting about what it’s like to do the show," Stewart said.
While accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Stewart told the crowd how much he missed hearing applause and praised all of the people he worked with on the show. “I will never work with a group of people like this,” he said. “I will never have an experience like this again.”
Watch Stewart’s speech below:
"The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" premieres Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 p.m. EDT on Comedy Central.