While critics have generally had mixed to favorable reactions overall to Monday’s debut of NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” most of them have been merciless about the show’s apparent attempt at humor, the Atlantic reports.
A segment at the end of the show featured an appearance by “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart, and “things got a little bit weird,” the story says.
Among the critics’ reactions cited in the piece:
Gail Shister, TVNewser: “The embarrassing final segments with Williams and Jon Stewart made ‘The Playboy Club,’ which ‘Rock Center’ replaced at 10 p.m. Mondays, look like ‘Meet the Press.’"
Kevin McFarland, the A.V. Club: “It was a moment that didn’t live up to the usual Williams/Stewart rapport viewers expect from the anchor’s appearances on ‘The Daily Show.’”
Brian Lowry of Variety criticized the tone of Stewart’s segment as “wrong for this venue.”
Here’s a video of the Jon Stewart appearance — decide for yourself: