Jon Stewart Tackles Gaza on ‘Daily Show’ Return

Jon Stewart has described Israel’s military action in Gaza as “over the top” as he made his anticipated return to Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Monday.

Paramount Global network announced last month that Stewart had been drafted in to host the show on Mondays from this week through the 2024 election cycle. His return comes almost a decade after his 2015 departure.

Stewart jumped straight into his political analysis of the news dominating the cycle on Monday, including the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

“The response in Gaza has been over the top,” Stewart told his audience. “You know, I like how Biden describes Israel’s incessant bombing of civilians the same way my mother talks about the Super Bowl Halftime Show: ‘It was a little much.'”

Jon Stewart is pictured on December 11, 2023 in New York City. The TV personality returned to Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” on Monday night.

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Israel began its assault on Gaza in response to the surprise October 7, 2023, attack by Hamas militants in southern Israel, which killed at least 1,200 people and resulted in hundreds of others being taken hostage, according to the Associated Press.

So far, more than 27,000 Palestinians have since been killed by Israel, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry, which notes that the death count is likely higher, as thousands more Palestinians are believed to be buried under rubble in Gaza, according to Reuters.

The number of civilians killed in Gaza, especially children, has sparked protests around the world, with calls for a ceasefire in Israel’s war with Hamas.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.