Jon Stewart's Parting Words: 'If You Smell Something, Say Something'

  • by: Alan Duke
Jon Stewart's Parting Words: 'If You Smell Something, Say Something'

Before Jon Stewart signed off for the last time as Daily Show host, he shared advice for viewers to follow in the absence of his nightly broadcasts: "The best defense against bullshit is vigilance. If you smell something, say something."

Stewart's final episode was filled with just about every comedian who has worked on the show, along with a list of celebrities who Stewart has essentially called "bullshit" on over the years. -- including Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie, John Kerry and Bill O'Reilly.

Even the CEO of Arby's, the fast food chain Stewart was fond of teasing, appeared. "Jon Stewart, it's like your TV threw up on your face," Arby's Paul Brown declared.

The emotional ending came as Stewart delivered a lecture reminiscent of President Dwight Eisenhower's prophetic farewell address in which he warned the nation against "the Military Industrial Complex."

"Bullshit is everywhere," Stewart warned. "There is very little that you will encounter in life that has not in some way been infused with bullshit." Examples he gave included the Patriot Act.

"Whenever something's been titled 'freedom,' 'family,' 'fairness,' 'health,' 'America,' take a good long sniff," he said. "Chances are it's been manufactured in a facility that may contain traces of bullshit. The best defense against bullshit is vigilance. If you smell something, say something."

Watch Stewarts final minutes:

Earlier in the last show, he was joined by some of his former co-workers:

South African comedian Trevor Noah, 31, will takeover the Daily Show hosting gig starting September 28, 2015.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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