They said it would never happen. HE said it would never happen. But still, on Thursday, without much fanfare, it happened.
Jon Stewart has joined Twitter.
Stewart famously hosted “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central from January 1999 until August 2015, leaving the political news watching viewers of America without his distinctive voice and humor during the 2016 Presidential election. He occasionally popped up–literally–on his friend Stephen Colbert’s show, emerging from beneath Colbert’s desk to unleash a tirade against Trump that he had nowhere else to say it.
He also devoted himself to more serious pursuits, tirelessly advocating for better health care benefits for 9/11 first responders and creating an animal sanctuary in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Stewart also directed his second film, “Irresistible” with Steve Carell in 2020.
Stewart had only tweeted twice from his official Verified account but had amassed over a quarter of a million followers less than five hours after his first tweet went out, a slow build only because his first tweet wasn’t the usual celebrity “Hey I’m on Twitter!” announcement.
This is bullshit. The Redditors aren't cheating, they're joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years. Don't shut them down…maybe sue them for copyright infringement instead!!
We've learned nothing from 2008.
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) January 28, 2021
The news finally began to spread as Stewart was trending Thursday night. Displaying his usual self-deprecating humor and setting off a frenzy of responses from devotees who have missed his acerbic takes over the last five and a half years, Stewart thanked everyone who gave him an early welcome to the platform he once disparaged.
Thanks for the warm welcome! I promise to only use this app in a sporadic and ineffective manner.
— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) January 29, 2021
Twitter users were delighted to learn about the newest Blue Check on the Block.
Jon Stewart is on Twitter. We’re all going to be ok. https://t.co/DAELydCi85
— Reverend Matty vs Jason Part 3D (feat. Ludacris) (@reverendmatty) January 29, 2021
— T👻r👻 D🐈⬛bl💀n 🎃🧙🏻♀️ (@taradublinrocks) January 29, 2021
In 2021, Twitter traded Donald Trump for Jon Stewart. https://t.co/FMGaiIt0zt
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 29, 2021
We’ll see how long the honeymoon lasts for him, though.
if you care about jon stewart you will make him leave now https://t.co/6ftbgkboNN
— Robert Evans (The Only Robert Evans) (@IwriteOK) January 29, 2021