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Watch: Jon Stewart returns to host 'Daily Show,' says he's 'excited to be back'

Jon Stewart kicked off his Monday night residency on "The Daily Show" by roasting Joe Biden and Donald Trump. File Photo by Jemal Countess/UPI
Jon Stewart kicked off his Monday night residency on "The Daily Show" by roasting Joe Biden and Donald Trump. File Photo by Jemal Countess/UPI

Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Jon Stewart is back on The Daily Show.

The comedian and television personality, 61, returned to host the Comedy Central late-night talk show Monday after more than eight years away.

Stewart left The Daily Show in 2015 after 16 years as host. Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios announced in January that Stewart will host the show again Mondays through 2025.

"Jon Stewart is the voice of our generation, and we are honored to have him return to Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' to help us all make sense of the insanity and division roiling the country as we enter the election season," Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios president and CEO Chris McCarthy said at the time.

In his 20-minute opening monologue Monday, Stewart said he's "excited to be back" and plans to cover the elections, China, artificial intelligence, the Israel-Palestine conflict and more during his Monday night residency.

Jon Stewart speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in 2022. File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI
Jon Stewart speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in 2022. File Photo by Bonnie Cash/UPI

Stewart roasted President Joe Biden, 81, and Donald Trump, 77, at length, calling the pair "objectively old."

The Daily Show will continue to have a rotating cast of correspondents and comedians host the show Tuesday-Thursday. Stewart's successor, Trevor Noah, left the show in 2022.

Jon Stewart attends a press event at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in 2022. File Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI
Jon Stewart attends a press event at the U.S. Capitol in Washington in 2022. File Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI