“ I walked into his office and I said, ’ Hey, what’ s going on? Are you being pushed out? What’ s happening? You need my help, let me know, man. We’ ll fight, ” Noah recalled at a panel discussion earlier this month.
But Stewart wasn’ t being pushed out. He was leaving:
“ He said ‘ I’ m leaving because I’ m tired. ’ And he said, ‘ I’ m tired of being angry. ’ And he said, ’ I’ m angry all the time. I don’ t find any of this funny. I do not know how to make it funny right now, and I don’ t think the host of the show, I don’ t think the show deserves a host who does not feel that it is funny. ”
Noah said Stewart urged him to “ relish the fact that you can make jokes about these things, because there will come a day when you are too angry to laugh. But don’ t rush to get there. ”
Stewart has publicly addressed his departure several times, and the toll of the job was apparent.
He told The Guardian in 2015 that he wasn’ t getting the same satisfaction.
“ These things are cyclical. You have moments of dissatisfaction, and then you come out of it and it’ s OK, ” he said. “ But the cycles become longer and maybe more entrenched , and that’ s when you realize, ‘ OK, I’ m on the back side of it now. ’ ”
He also spoke about watching networks such as Fox News in search of content for the show.
“ Watching these channels all day is incredibly depressing, ” Stewart said. “ I live in a constant state of depression. I think of us as turd miners. I put on my helmet, I go and mine turds. Hopefully I don’ t get turd lung disease. ”