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Sam Bee: It Felt ‘Awful’ to Be Snubbed for Jon Stewart’s Job

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When Jon Stewart announced that he was stepping down as host of The Daily Show in early 2015, there was one name that floated to the top of the list for those whose job it is to wildly speculate about who might succeed him: Samantha Bee.

At that point, Bee had spent 12 years at the show, making her its longest-serving correspondent—a distinction she still holds four years later. John Oliver, who had filled in for Stewart two summers earlier while the host directed his first feature film, would have been a no-brainer as well, but by then he had already been snatched up by HBO for Last Week Tonight. In the eyes of many late-night pundits (myself included) Bee was the obvious choice.

When I suggest during this week’s episode of The Last Laugh podcast that Bee’s name was “floated” as a possible successor to Stewart, she acknowledges that it was “floated out in the world” before adding, “I’m not sure it was really floated at Comedy Central.”

And when I tell her I was “surprised” she didn’t get the gig, Bee replies, “I was wildly unsurprised. They didn’t ask me or talk to me about it. I mean, literally,........

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