Why Brian Williams Should Replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

by Jackie Willis 2:25 PM PST, February 11, 2015
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Brian Williams is in a tough spot after his NBC Nightly News suspension, and the opening host position at The Daily Show might be just the opportunity he needs to showcase his comedic qualities and achieve an image overhaul.

Williams has come under fire after it was revealed this past week that he misspoke about his time spent covering the war in Iraq in 2003 (before he landed his job behind the anchor desk in 2004). Not even a week after this news broke did Williams' on-air frenemy Jon Stewart announce that he was leaving his Comedy Central political satire show after nearly 16 years.

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The 55-year-old has the comedy chops, he looks good in a suit and he knows the news -- so why not have Williams give The Daily Show a go?

Here are just a few examples of why Williams could work on the wildly popular, Emmy-winning fake news program.

1. Slow Jam the News: The NBC newsman has had a longstanding comedy bit that dates back to when Jimmy Fallon was hosting Late Night. In "Slow Jam the News," Williams always manages to deliver stories with a straight face while The Roots and Fallon add their own sultry flair to the "broadcast." The news has never been sexier and has never been more of a viral success.

2. Brian Williams Raps: The anchor is a favorite of The Tonight Show with another one of their beloved comedy franchises revolving around making Williams' past NBC Nightly News broadcasts into hit rap tracks.

Another testament to Williams' humor is his reaction to the mashups. "I've never said hippity," he told Fallon in an April 2014 interview. "It's all anyone mentions to me anymore."

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3. 30 Rock Star: Williams had several cameos on NBC's 30 Rock and nailed them all. Here he is in a mid-pitch to Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy, and may we be so bold as to say he's just as funny as Tina Fey's Liz Lemon in this bit.

"And then I pull off my mask, and I'm a lizard person, too!"

4. Williams on The Daily Show:
Williams has a history and a comfort on The Daily Show that is not easy to harness. Appearing on the show in June 2013 -- before Jon Stewart took a leave of absence to direct his feature film Rosewater -- Stewart effortlessly bantered back and forth with the host --matching him joke for joke, while also managing an intelligent conversation about current events.

5. The Fourth Hour of TODAY:
Williams has no problem taking jabs at his fellow TV personalities. Case in point, that time he showed up on the fourth hour of the TODAY show to commend Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on their workouts ...while eating a doughnut.

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