Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show on Monday night to shame members of Congress for failing to support an extension for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Appearing on the Comedy Central show for the first time since his departure in August, Stewart told new host Trevor Noah that he had no interest in taking back the desk on a nightly basis. “I have this issue I care about very deeply and I was wondering – I want to get attention paid to it but I was realizing I don’t have a show, and nobody gives a sh– anymore. So I thought, you have a show, and maybe I could come and…” Stewart, dressed in a t-shirt, said to Noah at the beginning of his segment.
“My show is your show, my friend,” Noah replied.
As Stewart explained, the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act expired in September, and an extension is needed so that first responders to the terrorist attacks can receive medical care.
“Soon to be out of money, these first responders, many sick with cancers and pulmonary disease, had to travel at their expense to Washington, D.C., hundreds of times to plead for our government to do the right thing,” Stewart said. He then added that “the people of congress are not as good of people as the people who are first responders.”
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Stewart’s appearance on The Daily Show closed with a pre-taped segment featuring the former host and a group of first responders attempting to discuss the 9/11 Health and Compensation with various Congress members in Washington, D.C. “We’re here to see if shame works,” Stewart said.