In one of the most touching moments from the final Daily Show, Jon Stewart’s former co-worker and colleague, Stephen Colbert, showed up to bid the host a sincere goodbye after 16 years.
A previous segment showcased the enormous amount of talent The Daily Show helped launch over Stewart’s time on the show — a cavalcade of correspondents that included Steve Carrell, Rob Corddry, Samantha Bee, and Wyatt Cenac, who was a surprise inclusion after revealing on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF that he and Stewart had a bit of a falling out prior to Cenac’s exit from the show.
Colbert and Stewart, however, are good friends, and it’s something the new Late Show host played up during his farewell speech. Colbert, a well known Lord of the Rings buff couldn’t help but compare the trilogy to Stewart and the show saying, “For 16 years you and your basic cable fellowship of funny clutched that ring of power and trudged up the steep slopes of mount Doom.”
“We didn’t trudge so much,” Stewart told Colbert.
But the two got emotional when Colbert went off-script and moved Stewart to both tears and laughs.
“We owe you because we learn from you,” Colbert told an emotional Stewart. “I know you are not asking for this but on behalf of so many people whose lives you’ve changed over the past 16 years, thank you.”
Colbert and Stewart hugged as the rest of the returning alums rushed onto the stage to join in.