Jon Stewart kicked off Thursday’s (May 28) episode of “The Daily Show” by saying, “If you thought the Republican presidential dance card was full before, the hits keep on coming,” while rolling footage of newscasters announcing George Pataki, Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum have all recently thrown their hats in the presidential ring.

“Guys, I appreciate the effort. My mind’s made up, I’m leaving the show. I’m not staying,” says Stewart. But then — Donald Trump says he may run for president, and Stewart finds it hard to say no to that.

“I made up my mind. Uhh. [exhales] God. Maybe I’ll get a Twitter account,” says Stewart.

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“How much fun could you really have covering this thing?” Stewart wonders, as he pokes fun at Santorum’s tenuous connection between mining coal and the American flag, Pataki’s terrible announcement photo, Carly Fiorina’s racist comments about the Chinese, Graham saying his experience in working in a pool hall makes him ready to deal with the Iranians and Trump saying he has a secret plan to fight inflation a foolproof plan to defeat ISIS — which he won’t tell anyone.

Stewart’s really just rubbing salt in the wound that viewers will have to weather the 2016 presidential race without his nightly commentary. His last “Daily Show” is Aug. 6.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."