Dear Jon Stewart,
I write this with the full knowledge that you
will most likely never see it. Admittedly, this isn’t a typical fan
letter but nonetheless, since I have survived roughly three weeks with you or The Daily Show, I felt I deserved to reach out to you.
of all, congratulations on a job exceptionally well done and best of
wishes on your future plans. I just wanted to take the time to
personally thank you for 16 years of incredible work at Comedy Central.
I’ve no doubt you’ve heard compliment after compliment (and angry
diatribes from your critics, which also count as compliments) over the
years and especially in recent months. So I’m sure you realize you've bowed out with a bang.
Still, it would feel wrong for me to not at least attempt to explain how important your time at The Daily Show has been to me and my family.
try not bog this down with rambling details so long story short, my dad
is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. I’m sure that was a twist you
didn’t see coming in this, right? Sadly, we all saw it coming and now
that it’s full blown, it’s getting scarily easy to reminisce about the
past. I was never one for nostalgia but when the man you know as your
father has been replaced with an entirely different, weaker, more
vulnerable individual who can no longer communicate, it becomes one of
your favorite pastimes.