Update: Jon Stewart’s desk from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is tentatively scheduled to go on display in 2017.
The Newseum will acquire the set of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” following Stewart’s final appearance as host of the late-night television program on Thursday, Aug. 6. The donation, which will become part of the Newseum’s collection for future display, comes as Stewart signs off after 16 years hosting the popular show, which often blurred the lines between news, satire and comedy.
Stewart began hosting the show in 1999 and quickly generated a loyal following among a new generation of news consumers who identified with his sharp-witted humor. Quick to poke fun at politicians, newsmakers and authors, Stewart also made the news media a frequent target of his barbs.
Last November, Jon Stewart appeared at the Newseum for a screening and panel discussion about the film “Rosewater,” which Stewart wrote and directed. (Watch the backstage video.)
Stewart has been called the Walter Cronkite of the millennial generation, and his show became a primary source of news for many young Americans.
“We are thrilled to accept the donation of these artifacts to the Newseum collection,” said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “They are part of America’s cultural and media history, telling an important story about how political satire and news as humor made ‘The Daily Show’ a trusted news source for a generation.”