Jon Stewart’s been out of his Daily Show chair for less than a month, and he’s already busy again. This Sunday, he will host the annual WWE pay-per-view event Summerslam, and while we don’t know what he’s got in store beyond that, many of his fans are already trying to make that decision for him.
Two weeks ago, a petition appeared on Change.org requesting that Stewart step up to moderate one of the 2016 Presidential debates, citing his long history of interviewing world leaders as ample experience.
“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job. 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.”
As of this writing, the petition is less than 23,000 signatures away from its goal of 200,000, so it’s clear there’s a popular demand for this. Stewart certainly has a history of tough-but-fair questions when he really wants to get down to business, but the big question here is whether or not he’d actually do it. I’m betting network executives would consider a debate moderated by Stewart, particularly a debate that also included GOP hopeful Donald Trump, to be ratings gold, but Stewart just retired from a life that required him to constantly be neck-deep in American politics. At this point, it’s hard to tell if he’d really want the gig.
Still, the demand is there, so maybe someone with the right amount of clout can make this happen.