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Jon Stewart says he initially rejected how Trump’s “impudence” made him “dangerous”


Jon Stewart, former host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” speaks at a press conference following the Senate vote on the “Never Forget the Heroes Act” at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on 23 July 2019. Eric Thayer / Reuters

  • Jon Stewart says he rejected how Trump’s “impudence” made him “dangerous.”

  • “What he did was make him the perfect ship. You have to be shameless to do shameful things,” Stewart told THR.

  • Stewart’s new show “The Problem with Jon Stewart” premieres on Apple TV + on September 30.

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Comedian Jon Stewart says he missed how former President Donald Trump’s “ridicule” and “shamelessness” made him “dangerous” ahead of the premiere of his new bi-weekly streaming show on Apple TV +.

Stewart just returns to the limelight for the first time since stepping down from his Comedy Central anchor role The daily show in 2015 after a 16-year run for success that made him a household name.

Stewart has kept a low profile since leaving The daily show, undertake a few creative projects and occasionally reappear on The late show with his friend Stephen Colbert and pushing for benefits and health care for 9/11 first responders and firefighters on Capitol Hill, often alongside New York Senses Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published Wednesday, Stewart explained what he was wrong when he rejected Trump’s political chances and said at the time that Trump was a “godsend” to comedians. like him.

“What I missed there was that his certainty, his ridiculousness, his impudence was what made him dangerous. I thought that made him a buffoon, and I thought that was it. that would disqualify him from being shameless to do shameful things, ”Stewart said at the point of sale, offering his version of how the mogul and former reality TV star could command so much loyalty among Republicans and his MAGA base even a year after his electoral defeat.

Stewart added that “the most dangerous figures are those who seem comical and absurd,” adding that even if he doesn’t compare Trump to these brutal dictators, “Saddam Hussein seems absurd. Muammar Gaddafi would stand in a caftan and say like a mad person.”

Instead of reverting to a nighttime live TV show, Stewart is taking on the streaming realm with a new bi-weekly political show, The problem with Jon Stewart, which premieres September 30 on Apple TV +. There will also be an accompanying podcast, CNN Business reported.

While the show has a humorous component, the episodes will spend less time mocking politicians and instead delve deep into a political or social issue in each episode featuring the stories of people directly affected.

The first episode of The problem, Stewart said he will cover the number of U.S. Army veterans who suffer negative effects and health issues from exposure to toxic burn foci while deployed overseas – an issue he has repeatedly defended as an activist.

“I felt that the experiences I had on The daily show combined with the experiences I had in DC enlightened me in a way that I might not have been aware of before, “Stewart told The Hollywood Reporter.” And it’s still just a show television, but I was so struck by how the most obvious and simple things have been derailed by the systems that are put in place to actually do them. “

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