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In an interview hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart stated that he almost quit the show shortly after he began hosting it. Stewart wanted to change the direction of the show and was met with strong resistance from the writers and producers. According to Stewart, it took two and half years for those staff members to gradually leave the show so that Stewart could have his own fully supportive staff.
Beginning in 2004, every couple of weeks or so, before a commercial break, Jon Stewart would introduce a "new, exciting, already canceled spin-off" of the Daily Show, followed by "clips" from "The Colbert Réport" with Stephen Colbert adding "It's French, bitch!". The brief segments consisted of Colbert ranting about news stories and yelling at politicians in fake interviews using archive footage. These segments became so popular that "The Colbert Report" did actually become a spin-off, The Colbert Report (2005), in 2005.
The show has won the Emmy for "Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series" every year since 2003.
According to Jon Stewart, his least favorite guest to ever appear on the show was Hugh Grant. According to Stewart, Grant was rude to the staff.
Jon Stewart's interview with CNBC personality Jim Cramer was considered to be a journalistic triumph for Stewart. A few months later, a TIME.com poll posed the question "Now that Walter Cronkite has passed on, who is America's most trusted newscaster?" Stewart won with 44% in a 4-way race with Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Charles Gibson.
According to a 7 October 2003, USA Today article, the show is pulled together in this way: a researcher scans major newspapers, the Associated Press, and cable news channels, then gives possible topics to the ten writers. These meet to discuss headline material for the lead news segment. By 11:15 a.m. they meet with Jon Stewart, and by 12:30 they have come up with jokes for the day's show. The cast hold a rehearsal, then the show is taped at 6:30 in front of an audience.
During the 2007-2008 Writer's Strike, the show was renamed "A Daily Show with Jon Stewart". Jon Stewart stated that the show was not "The Daily Show" without his writers.
The theme song is called "Dog on Fire".
Host Jon Stewart was the guest on Craig Kilborn's last shows as host. Since Kilborn is so tall, he gave Stewart a phone book to sit on to mirror his height.
At the beginning of every episode, the announcer lists the full date (month, day, year). On the first show of the year 2000, the year was listed as 1900, as a joke about the Y2K bug.
Comedy Central also produces a version of the show for viewers on CNN International called "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Global Edition". It is shown every weekend, and contains excerpts from the past week's episodes, giving more focus on global rather than US issues. The Global Edition runs in the format of headlines, report, celebrity interview. Jon tapes an exclusive introduction and outro for the Global Edition (sometimes in front of the audience, other times not), and the "moment of Zen" is called "the international moment of Zen".
In the first few weeks, there was no audience. In the following weeks, staff members were encouraged to watch the show just offstage and laugh at the jokes. For the second season, a studio audience was brought in and this format remained for the rest of the show's run.
When the show was originally being developed, the producers offered Jon Stewart the job of hosting the show but he turned it down. When original host Craig Kilborn left in 1998, Stewart was approached again and he accepted.
In recent years the show has attracted a wide variety of political figures, such as former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter; presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards and John McCain; Congressmen Barney Frank and Henry Waxman; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; Senators Chuck Schumer, Evan Bayh; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; George W. Bush White House Press Secretaries Ari Fleischer, Scott McClellan, Tony Snow and Dana Perino; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde; former Second Lady Lynne Cheney; former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith; former Mexican President Vicente Fox; Bolivian President Evo Morales; Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf; Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Bush Cabinet Secretaries John Ashcroft, Paul O'Neill, Colin Powell, Tom Ridge and Margaret Spellings; President Barack Obama Cabinet Secretaries Steven Chu, Ken Salazar and Kathleen Sebelius; and President Obama has been on the show five times: 4 times before his presidency and once while he was president.
Sen. John Edwards announced his intention to run for president on the show. Candidate Carol Moseley Braun dropped out of the race the day after she did her interview on the show.
Ed Helms left the show in 2006 to become a regular cast member on The Office (2005), along with "Daily Show" cast-mate Steve Carell. He returned to "The Daily Show" on December 12 to report on the confirmation of new Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and made an allusion to his stint on "The Office" by telling the audience he was working undercover in Scranton.
Jon Stewart usually ends the show with a "Moment of Zen" clip from the media or popular culture. However, during the week after American historian Howard Zinn's January 2010 death, one episode instead ended with a "Moment of Zinn" - a brief clip of Zinn's 2005 appearance on the show.
At the end of each show, a short clip from the broadcast, usually offbeat and slightly bizarre out of context, is replayed as a "Moment of Zen". The first "Moment of Zen" was file footage of a yak giving birth. In the past few years, "Moment of Zen" clips have been more focused on soundbites from politicians and media figures.
Jon Stewart auctioned off the interview couch from the show.
Craig Kilborn was suspended for two weeks without pay in 1997 after he made disparaging remarks about head writer Lizz Winstead and other female show staffers in an interview for Esquire magazine. Winstead quit the show a month later.
Bill Weir auditioned for the job of host after Craig Kilborn announced he was leaving the show.
The "head-smasher" clip that was used during Craig Kilborn's 5 Questions segment is from the film Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991), or "The Story of Ricky".

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