Comedian and former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart made an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday and humorously promoted the theory that the coronavirus emerged from the Wuhan lab in China, not from a bat somewhere.
As Colbert’s longtime friend Stewart came on the show, he started to kid around with him over the pandemic. Then Stewart launched into the theory that COVID-19 originated from a lab and spread from there following research on coronavirus’ conducted at the facility.
“I think we owe a great debt of gratitude to science because science has, in many ways, helped ease the suffering of this pandemic, which was more than likely caused by science,” Stewart joked alluding to the creation of the virus being manmade.
“There’s a chance this was created in a lab,” Colbert tentatively responded. “There’s an investigation.”
(Video Credit: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert)
“A chance?!” Stewart declared. “Oh my God, there’s a novel respiratory coronavirus overtaking Wuhan, China, what do we do? Oh, you know, who we could ask, the Wuhan novel respiratory coronavirus lab. The disease is the same name as the lab! That’s just a little too weird, don’t you think?”
He added: “Then they ask the scientists ‘wait a minute, you work at the Wuhan respiratory coronavirus lab, how did this happen?’ and they’re like, ‘a penguin kissed a turtle?’”
“There’s a coronavirus loose in Wuhan, how did that happen?” Stewart smirked. “Maybe a bat flew into the cloaca of a Turkey and then it sneezed into my chili and now we all have coronavirus. Like, come on.”
Then Stewart really went on a roll, standing up to continue his rant and launching into a parallel theory with Hershey’s chocolate. “‘Oh my God, there’s been an outbreak of chocolaty goodness near Hershey, Penn. What do you think happened?’ I don’t know, maybe a steam shovel mated with a cocoa bean,” he laughingly claimed. “Or it’s the f***ing chocolate factory! Maybe that’s it!”
Colbert did not come out and agree with Stewart but it was obvious he was highly amused by the claims.
“Stop with the logic and people and things, the name of the disease is on the building!” Stewart quipped.
“It could be possible, you could be right, but it could be possible that they have the lab in Wuhan to study the novel coronavirus diseases because in Wuhan there are a lot of novel coronavirus diseases because of the bat population there,” Colbert posited.
Stewart nodded and then pointed out that there are thousands of bats in Austin, Texas but no disease named after that place or a lab dedicated to the study of coronaviruses.
“And how long have you worked for Sen. Ron Johnson?” Colbert asked, taking a sideswipe at the Republican Wisconsin senator.
“This is not a conspiracy!” Stewart admonished Colbert. “But this is the problem with science. Science is incredible, but they don’t know when to stop and no one in the room with those cats ever goes, ‘I don’t know if we should do that.’ They’re like, ‘Curiosity killed the cat, so let’s kill 10,000 cats to find out why.’”
At that point, for dramatic comedic effect, Stewart got up and faced the camera directly acting a bit nuts from being in lockdown so long due to the pandemic.
“I’ve been alone for so long and when I realized the laboratory was having the same name, first name, and last name, of the evil that had been plaguing us, I thought to myself… that’s f***ed up,” he joked.
Stewart later in the segment went on to speak about scientists, once again saying that they just don’t know when to quit. He states that he believes scientists will be responsible for the end of humanity: “Here’s how I believe the world ends,” Stewart predicted. “I say this to you in sincerity… the world ends, the last words man utters are somewhere in a lab, a guy goes, ‘Huh-huh, it worked!’”
Many online took the humorous posturing by Stewart seriously, others thought it was satire. There was plenty of humor and outrage to go around:
US Intelligence. The Secretary of State. Officials at NIH. Us Senators. A president – All crazy conspiracy theorists
Jon Stewart – Shit now we have to believe the lab leak.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) June 15, 2021
Online leftists seem Big Mad at Jon Stewart for treating the lab leak theory as verrrry plausible (of course it is) on Colbert tonight. They’re deeply committed to the “conspiracy theory” line & notion that thinking/speaking critically about CCP puts Asian Americans in danger.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) June 15, 2021
Jon Stewart is going to end up having persuaded more people of the lab leak theory than all the scientists of the world combined
— Will Chamberlain (@willchamberlain) June 15, 2021
Oh wow, Jon Stewart & the MSM have finally been given permission to talk about the lab leak theory!
Over a year after the Right was talking about it & after Trump is out of office. F*cking BS.
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 15, 2021
Jon Stewart now says that covid was created in the Wuhan lab. Wait, Jon Stewart says this? Well then, that should convince the last of the leftists who were still buying the crazy bat soup conspiracy theory. Next up, Stewart will admit that Trump did win and it wasn’t even close.
— First Words (@unscriptedmike) June 15, 2021
The 7 Stages of @jonstewart Fan Meltdown:
1. Assume he’s just doing a character
2. Wonder if he’s being real
3. Realize there’s some logic there
4. “Nah, must be doing a character”
5. “Is he a conspiracy theorist?”
6. “Am I now a conspiracy theorist?”
7. “He must be doing a bit.”
— Reptilian MemeLord (@reptilianmeme) June 15, 2021
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