Jon Stewart gave a humorous goodbye to showrunner Rory Albanese, who began as a production assistant and is leaving as an executive producer.
Stewart called Albanese out at the end of last night’s episode and began with some flattering videos of the showrunner’s humble beginning with The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. The video was a 1999 sketch where Albanese took a toilet around NYC and pretended to use it in public places. Said Stewart, “This kid, who started at this show in 1999 as a PA sitting with his naked ass on a toilet in Times Square, has been our executive producer for the last five years. It’s a tremendous story. He’s gone from that ignominious beginning to this…” Stewart then showed a recent video of Albanese dressed as Smokey the Bear, claiming that since the government shutdown he’d been forced to perform sexual favors.
“I’m going to miss him! He’s all grown up!” Stewart ended as the audience applauded.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that Albanese will be heading to Los Angeles where he will be writing and executive producing a multi-camera comedy show for CBS about a family owned drugstore with a conservative father and a liberal son who butt heads.