Jon Stewart has always been a spirited commentator. Whether it’s his decimation of Donald Trump or his constant pleas for the U.S. government to end the war in the Middle East, The Daily Show host has put his opinions front and center over the past fifteen years of sitting at the desk. But there’s one subject that time and again has nearly boiled Stewart’s blood when someone has had the audacity to mistreat or misrepresent it… and that is pizza!
We’ve combed the archives to find three minutes of Stewart huffing and puffing about his passion for pizza pies — from ordering a pepperoni and cheese to the desk back when Stephen Colbert was still a correspondent to his recent spat with Chicago over the War of Deep Dish versus New York Style. The cities may have called a truce, but we all know that J Stew still craves that perfect blend of thin crust and sauce-beneath-the-cheese excellence that Manhattan perfected.
You may be left thinking that this was all an act, that Jon Stewart is merely playing a character — not unlike Colbert — who was obsessed with a certain style of Italian food and crusaded to ensure that no one was using flatware to consume it. But rest assured Stewart is as authentic as Grimaldi’s coal brick oven under the Brooklyn Bridge. How can we be so sure? When Stewart recently approached fellow Comedy Central-ite Amy Schumer about possibly replacing him at the desk, where did the pair meet to hash out the details? As Schumer told The Daily Beast, “We had a piece of pizza and talked about the possibility of me hosting.” That’s right, Jon Stewart is the same man behind the desk that he is on the streets of New York: a hard-hitting journalist with a penchant for pizza.
So, as this is his last week of hosting The Daily Show, everyone at Yahoo TV would like to say, “Arrivederci, Jon! Rest in Pizza.”
Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show airs Aug. 6 at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central. This week’s guests include Amy Schumer (Aug. 3), Denis Leary (Aug. 4), and Louis C.K. (Aug. 5).