After 16 years, Jon Stewart, 52, films his last episode of The Daily Show with many guests, jokes, and warm speeches, on Thursday.
Last winter, Stewart announced that he would be stepping down from the Comedy Central powerhouse, with Trevor Noah set to take over the hosting duties, according to NPR.
During the episode, Stewart watched aired taped goodbyes from longtime rivals, and honored The Daily Show‘s behind-the-scene crew. Some rivals were Hillary Clinton, Wolf Blitzer, Sen. John McCain and Paul Brown, the CEO of Arby’s.
Everything was going smooth for Stewart while filming his final episode until Stephen Colbert, The Daily Show’s alum and friend, showed up.
“You can’t stop anyone, because they don’t work for you anymore,” said Colbert. “It will be quick if you just hold still.”
Colbert explained to Stewart how honored he was to work such an awesome host.
“We owe you because we learned from you. We learned from you, by example, how to have a show with intention, how to work with clarity, how to treat people with respect,” said Colbert. “You are infuriatingly good at your job, and all of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are better at our jobs because we got to watch you do yours, and we are better people for having known you.”
Tears, instantly, started to rush down Stewart’s face.
Near the end of the taping, Stewart tells his audience, “Rather than saying goodbye or good night, I’m just going to say, ‘I’m gonna go get a drink,’ and I’m sure I’ll see you guys before I leave.”