Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart will return to The Daily Show in 2024 AFP

Comedy Central announced on Wednesday that Jon Stewart will return to "The Daily Show" as a weekly host and executive producer through the 2024 elections.

Stewart will start hosting the show on Mondays starting February 12, while the rotating line-up of hosts will continue taking over the helm during the rest of the week, as it has been the case since Trevor Noah's departure in December 2022.

"Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honored to have him return to Comedy Central's The Daily Show to help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season," said Chris McCarthy, president and CEO of Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios, in a statement.

"In our age of staggering hypocrisy and performative politics, Jon is the perfect person to puncture the empty rhetoric and provide much-needed clarity with his brilliant wit," he added. It is not clear whether he will continue after the elections.

Stewart left the show in 2015 after hosting it for 16 years. Throughout that time he tackled myriad issues, many of them focused on the Latino community in the United States and on Latin American affairs as well.

Immigration and southern border crossings was one of the topics to which Stewart dedicated several shows. In 2014, when a surge of unaccompanied minors reaching the border dominated the national conversation, he focused on the fact that many of them were fleeing violence and extreme poverty in Central America.

Answering to Republicans calling the matter an "invasion," Stewart said: "Generally an enemy invasion force is not particularly dangerous until it can reach and open its own cereal." "We have always been a nation of immigrants who hate the newer immigrants," he added.

Stewart tackled a clash over immigration reform in another show in 2014, criticizing Republicans during the Obama administration for, in his view, stalling on reform to prevent Democrats from getting credit for it. He said the bill should be called "The Republican Party Presents the 'Only We Love Hispanics' Act of Año Dos Mil Catorce."

The comedian continued discussing the issues dominating the public conversation on a podcast and TV show called "The Problem." However, the show, which also took on topics such as racism, mass incarceration and gun control, was recently canceled.

According to The Associated Press, the "show's abrupt end was reportedly triggered due to clashes between Stewart and Apple over its coverage of stories around China and artificial intelligence."

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