A petition for former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart to moderate a 2016 presidential debate has passed 100,000 signatures, gaining steam over the past few hours.
The Change.org petition says that Stewart has become influential and iconic when it comes to covering U.S. politics and media.
“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job,” the petition states. “Mr. Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet, 32 members of the United States Senate, 7 members of the United States House of Representatives, and scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley even endorsed the notion via Twitter.
— Martin O'Malley (@MartinOMalley) August 20, 2015
Stewart’s opopportunities seem to be piling up in his post-“Daily Show” career. It was announced this week that Stewart will host Sunday’s WWE SummerSlam.
Stewart stepped down from “The Daily Show” earlier in August. He ended his final episode by telling the audience that his 16-year-long conversation with them wasn’t over. “We are merely taking a small pause in the conversation,” he said, “a conversation, which, by the way, I have hogged, and I apologize for that.” Trevor Noah will take over “The Daily Show” beginning Sept. 28 on Comedy Central.