Why Jon Stewart Is One of the Most Influential Late-Night Hosts in History — and Who Else Is on the List?

Aug 5, 2015  •  Post A Comment

As Jon Stewart wraps up his long run on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” this week, one veteran TV writer says Stewart belongs on a list of the most influential late-night hosts of all time.

In a new piece in Variety, Tim Gray writes that, like the 12 others on his list, Stewart helped change the tone and importance of talk shows.

Along with Stewart, Gray’s list includes, in chronological order, Steve Allen, Jack Paar, David Susskind, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett, David Letterman, Joan Rivers, Arsenio Hall, Charlie Rose, Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.

Stewart’s “Daily Show” finale is set for Thursday, Aug. 6.

We encourage you to click on the link near the top of this story to read Gray’s insightful analysis.

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