Stewart’s appearance marked his first time on the show since he ended his 17-year tenure in August. His appearance was complete with a taped segment featuring Stewart’s visit to Congress last week with first responders to lobby various senators to pass the Zadroga Reauthorization Act.
The bill will continue funding health care for workers who have been battling cancer and other diseases after working in the toxic environment at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
Stewart called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for their inaction on the issue. He called on viewers to take to social media using the hashtag #worstresponders to pressure on Congress to act.
At the start of his segment, a bearded Stewart appeared behind host Trevor Noah at the “Daily Show” anchor desk. “Are you lost?” Noah asked him. Later as the two bantered, Noah asked “Are you here to take the show back?”