Fox News’ Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has some parting words for Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart, who made ripping Fox nearly a full-time job on his “Daily Show” rantings.
Stewart is keeping true to tradition and spending his last weeks on the show slamming Fox every chance he can get, but Ailes told The Hollywood Reporter, he’s taking the “Daily” drumming as a compliment.
“As he faces the end of his career, he’s beginning to wonder: ‘Is this as popular as I’m ever going to get? Is this as much power as I’ll ever have? The one person I could never get rid of was Roger Ailes. I tried. I did everything I could.’”
Ailes rubbed it in further.
“He’s been after us for years. Occasionally we pay attention. We think he’s funny. We never took it seriously and he never made a dent in us.
“This was all a plea to his lefty friends. I think he’s disappointed that he didn’t accomplish that goal, and we, of course, supplied him with half of his comedy. It’s just a matter of disappointment,” he told the Reporter.
Ailes said that despite the nearly daily bashings by Stewart, he thinks down deep he’s an OK guy – albeit a bitter one.
“He’s a brilliant comedian. He’s actually a very nice guy, and I saw him with his kids on the street. He’s a good father. He has a bitter view of the world and you see it embodied in how he’s reacting to Fox News, equating it with death.”
Ailes was referring to a clip in a recent episode where Stewart took a direct swipe at the media mogul, using Ailes as the Death character in Ingmar Bergman’s movie, “The Seventh Seal.”
“He’s feeling unrewarded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on ratings and on popularity. I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did,” Ailes told the Reporter.
Despite Stewart’s depressing worldview, Ailes thinks he will find another job – just not at Fox.
“He can’t come over here. He would depress everyone,” Ailes said. “I could get him a job. Not on air. As a stage-hand.”
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