Oh dear, now to make matters even worse than before Rick Sanchez called Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central a “bigot,” Jon Stewart flexed his real brawn Saturday night at Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” at New York‘s Beacon Theater by first saying to Sanchez, “If you went on radio and said the Jews control the media… you may want to hold on to your money.” Later, Stewart boasted, “All he has to do is apologize to us, and we’ll hire him back.” Jon, do you mean the upper echelon club of news media you are a part of?
Has the fact that Jon Stewart made an appearance on Oprah really boosted his popularity and ego? Apparently so. I don’t think that the issues with Rick Sanchez and Jon Stewart would have escalated had Jon not had some sense of bravado pumped into him. Comedians are comedians. There usually is no rivalry. Whenever there had been an issue with comedians in the past, they settled them on the stage…calling a truce. Or, in Joan Rivers case, with Elizabeth Taylor, they go to court. Court is usually how someone gets the punishment they deserve. They get sued. But to humiliate someone by gathering the powers that be into some secret meeting – only to have a statement delivered that states, “We thank Rick for his years of service and we wish him well,” is really a statement for anyone planning to create tension for anyone in that special club. So, comedians will be comedians. Letterman hated Leno, and poked fun at his spat with Conan. The world had an issue with Leno for his spat with Conan. But Conan came out the biggest winner of all by saying virtually nothing. Even when David Letterman had the infidelity situation with a member of his staff, just about ever comedian/comedienne poked fun at him. No one was ever fired over it – because it was true. Maybe, if Rick Sanchez had used the phrase “alleged bigot” he would have been spared by Jon Stewart and is faithful followers. Jon has really come a long way since his days of MTV. But Rick Sanchez never brought that up, did he?
I do think that things got way out of hand with Rick and Jon. There was really no reason to pout over words. Isn’t that what our parents taught us back in the day? Words can never hurt us. That is, unless you create an image that you are untouchable. Both parties should apologize…to each other. This seems like a classic schoolyard game of “The baddest one, it my hand!” Someone should grow up. Now that the damage has been done, someone still wants to poke fun at the person. Enough already! Shake hands and continue doing what the two of you do best, make the world laugh and listen! Jon, do not try to start a monopoly on the networks as a “to-be-feared” pundit. That kind of behavior never goes very far.