Jon Stewart returned to work on The Daily Show just nine days after the terrorist attacks that changed America forever on September 11, 2001, and found it hard to return to comedy after such a tragedy.
“They said to get back to work,” Stewart said. “And there were no jobs for a man in the fetal position under his desk crying, which I gladly would’ve taken. So, I come back here.”
But despite showing overwhelming sadness for the tragedy that hit his city and his country, Stewart, like the rest of America during the week following the attacks, did not let terror triumph over hope.
“The view from my apartment was the World Trade Center,” he said. “Now, it’s gone. And, they attacked it. This symbol of American ingenuity and strength and labor and imagination and commerce. And, it is gone. But, do you know what the view is now? The Statue of Liberty. The view from south Manhattan is now the Statue of Liberty. You can’t beat that.”