Jon Stewart began his appearance on the last episode of The Nightly Show by telling the departing host, Larry Wilmore, “I just decided to stop by and tell you I love you.”
But that isn’t the only reason he stopped by.
Stewart continued, “And may i say something else? Do not confuse cancellation with failure.”
“What you, my friend, were tasked to do, you have done and done beautifully. You gave voice to under-served voices in the media arena …it was a show that was raw and poignant and funny and smart and all those things. And you did it.”
After acknowledging the talents of The Nightly Show’s correspondents, writers and crew, Stewart continued.
“Did you resonate with an audience? I would say– not only that, but in an important way — but in a way that you don’t even realize yet and won’t reveal itself for years to come — and it’s this… you started a conversation that was not on television when you began. And you worked with a group of people who you invited to that conversation to collaborate with you, to sharpen that conversation, and what you don’t realize is, you walk out of this room and that conversation doesn’t end.”
Watch video of the segment below: