“Before Jon, we had no idea that you could make a TV show where you played clips of another TV show and then said, ‘Boy, this other TV show sucks’,” said Mr. Kimmel. “Every night he took over Fox News and exposed their hypocrisy, cynicism and lies – and thanks to his heroic work, they were never heard from again.”
However, his influence in the comedy world has not disappeared.
“He has inspired a generation of copycats,” said Samantha Bee, another former reporter who praised her for paving the way for other news satires on TBS with tributes to politics, media, and culture. “The Colbert Report”; and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
Its influence was not limited to the United States.
“You are the origin story of each of us,” said Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef, who fled his country after his own satirical news show Al Bernameg took over the government.
Mr. Stewart has also become known for his activism and advocacy on behalf of emergency workers and veterans on Sunday night. “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson, whose father, a Brooklyn firefighter, died in response to the 9/11 attacks, thanked Mr. Stewart for his work. Including Mr Stewart’s. emotional scolding The failure of Congress to provide funds for sick victims, which led to the reauthorization of the September 11 Victims’ Compensation Fund.
“If my father were here,” said Mr. Davidson, “I know he would be happy to have you and his friends watching over him after all these years.”
The award itself, a bust of Mark Twain, was presented to Mr. Stewart on stage by John Feal, the defender of survivors of the September 11 attacks, and the Sergeant. Israel Del Toro, a wounded Air Force veteran.