Nearly 200,000 People Want Jon Stewart To Host a Presidential Debate

Published On 08/21/2015 Published On 08/21/2015

Even though Jon Stewart signed off on "The Daily Show" for the last time earlier this month, a lot of people are hoping -- if not demanding -- that his days of political commentary and coverage aren't over after all.

Almost 200,000 people -- including Democratic hopeful Martin O'Malley -- have signed a petition saying the comedian should moderate one of the three major presidential debates leading up to the 2016 election, because duh, Jon Stewart. 

Specifically, "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."

The petition's creators hope the Commission on Presidential Debates will consider Stewart for the role and respond publicly to their increasingly popular request. Stewart has yet to comment on the petition -- or whether he would throw himself into the grips of our nation's political hellscape again. However, taking the moderator's chair can't be that farfetched for Stewart, considering he's slated to host the freaking WWE SummerSlam on Sunday.

But, anyway, who wouldn't watch a debate hosted by Jon Stewart? What's certain is who will end up taking credit for huuuuuuuge ratings. 

Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and, personally, would tune in to said debate faster than you can say "moment of zen." Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.



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