Jon Stewart Reflects on Departure Reaction: 'Did I Die?'

The "Daily Show" host said of his departure announcement, "Did I die?!"

ByABC News
February 12, 2015, 12:38 AM

— -- No, Jon Stewart hasn't died.

The host of Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show" responded Wednesday to the attention brought on by his departure announcement one day earlier.

“Last night I was perusing the Internet, and I guess my question to you is, ‘Did I die?’ Cause it all seems very … ‘I died.’ Very weird. It’s an overwhelming day here, as you can imagine, and people have been asking, I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do next,” Stewart said during Wednesday’s episode.

Stewart’s surprise announcement drew heavy attention across the entertainment and political worlds, with people reflecting on his impact and speculating about his potential replacement.

One thing Stewart doesn’t see in the cards is a job at Arby’s. The fast-food chain playfully tried to recruit Stewart on social media, posting messages featuring the company’s recruiting email address.

“You know what? Working there might be fun,” Stewart said. “I guess my only question as a future employee would be, to work there, would I have to handle, serve, touch, eat or even look at what you so generously describe as food?”

Stewart, 52, began hosting "The Daily Show" in 1999. During his tenure, the show and Stewart have won 19 Emmy awards, as well as a Grammy.