Former Daily Show Head Writer And Executive Producer

Hemant Mehta interviewed David Javerbaum, author of What to Expect When You’re Expected: A Fetus’s Guide to the First Three Trimesters,  and departing head writer and executive producer of the The Daily Show.

His thoughts on Jon Stewart being named in polls as “America’s Most Trusted Newscaster”:

I think he and I would both agree that that’s a pathetic commentary… on the news media. He would happily accept anything to the effect of how funny he is. I think that’s what he thinks of himself as — that’s what we all do…

It’s like when an alcoholic has no alcohol in the house and he has to drink the shampoo. We’re like shampoo. There oughta be some 12-year-old scotch somewhere. But there ain’t, so apparently, we’re the shampoo.

And the worst part of the job:

I’m looking forward to not having to spend the first half hour of my work morning every morning watching Fox & Friends. Just that. That’s the thing I’ll miss the least. I don’t need to watch that anymore. I don’t need to wallow in that filth. I mean, the guys who do that all day for us, they’re like the sewer workers in Mexico who don full body costumes to go into the sewers to clean the shit out of the pipes. I don’t know how they do it. They’re heroes… It’s really hard. I mean, it really is. It’s really hard. It never got easier for me to watch. It got harder for me. I never got acclimated to it.

And could the show go on without Jon Stewart?

No. Not in the form that it is now. Some other form of it could exist, but the show is him and he is the show at this point. The network might try something — I wouldn’t blame them — but he and the show are inseparable.

The full interview is here.

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