Looking Back on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1999-2015)

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After 16 years, 19 Emmys and more zingers than we can count, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart steps away from his desk on August 6. Take a look at highlights from every year of Stewart's career, with photos and videos of his Emmy wins, his interviews with notable guest stars (from political figures to Hollywood celebs), and more.

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1999

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Jon Stewart debuts on his first episode as host of The Daily Show, taking over for former host Craig Kilborn.

2000

 

In her second appearance (the first being a year before), Gillian Anderson chats about her non-X-Files-related projects.

2001

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Out of his KISS make-up, Gene Simmons ("the monster of rock," as Stewart introduces him) stops by and shares his strong opinions about marriage.

2002

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The (real) Reverend Al Sharpton makes an appearance on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to discuss his desire to run for president at the time. (Watch Part II of the interview here.)

2003

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Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State under President Clinton, makes the first of a few repeat appearances (including two in 2003).

2004

 

Years before his journalistic integrity was called into question, Brian Williams talked about taking over for Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News.

2005

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At the Emmys, Stewart with his writing staff celebrate their (third) win for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. The team will go on to win seven more awards in the same category.

2006

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Usually seen in a suit, Stewart dresses down for a casual work day in his office.

2007

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Jon vs. John: Stewart goes tête-à-tête with Senator John McCain before he announces his candidacy for president.

2008

 

In his fourth appearance, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman holds his own opposite Stewart when talking about Doubt.

2009

 

The former Magnum P.I. star drops by for the second time to tout his latest Jesse Stone movie (and to talk about...sheep).

2010

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After winning his second stint in the White House, President Barack Obama made his fifth appearance on the show.

2011

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It's a beautiful day when U2 frontman Bono graces the Daily stage to raise awareness for World Aids Day -- and to present Stewart with some (RED) gifts.

2012

 

While her guest appearances don't rival her husband's, the First Lady was interviewed for the second time talking about her Let's Move! initiative.

2013

 

 

Tons of amazing guests sat across from Jon Stewart in 2013, including 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) and the late Robin Williams (a year before his passing).

2014

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Even though this wasn't George Clooney's first time on The Daily Show, it was notable for being the year that he became engaged and married to Amal Alamuddin. Here, Clooney appeared two months before his engagement.

2015

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Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, was welcomed on set to talk about the importance of clean, filtered water.

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