Arts and Culture Editor
Without this dramatic shift, comedians like Bill Maher, Colbert and John Oliver, Colbert and Oliver coming directly from the daily show. Network variety television in response even became more political, with many of the comedians bashing the Bush administration during the 2000’s.
If Stewart has brought about something negative, it could be the punditry of news. When his show debuted, the news was mostly limited reporting the information of the day. Now, since Stewart’s satire and openly bias political criticism became what brought in viewers for networks, news networks have started to bring in their own political pundits to analyze the news with a predetermined political bias. Both liberal and conservative pundits have taken over the new networks and bringing in the highest ratings. TV news has become less about the facts, but about people watching someone intelligently and wittily supporting their own preconceived bias while making fun of the opposing side. Many have said that this new trend in news has polarized the nation.
Now the question is, why will fill his place as the king of cable late night talk shows? Colbert’s successor Larry Wilmore has been getting positive reviews, but has yet to get the rating of Stewart or Colbert. Who will replace Stewart for the Eleven o’clock time slot? With Colbert taking over The Late Show on CBS, will revolutionize network late night television and bring witty political commentary and satire or will he censor himself to be more appealing to a wider audience? And what will Stewart leaving will he continue directing films and having a comedy career? Only due time will tell, but all we know for certain is that Stewart will greatly be missed.