Jon Stewart Makes Final 'Daily Show' Emmy Speech, Promises 'You Will Never Have to See Me Again'

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Jon Stewart
capped off his Daily Show run on a high.

The 52-year-old former host ended his 16-year reign on Comedy Central with another Emmy for Outstanding Variety Talk Series.

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Stewart, who received an emotional Daily Show send-off on Aug. 6, returned to the stage to accept the award one last time after being off television for nearly two months. Naturally, he didn't miss a beat.

"To everybody on television, I just want to tell you, cling to it as long as you can," Stewart advised onstage. "Like death, like in the Titanic. Cling to it!"

Stewart admitted that his time away from TV hasn't been easy.

"I've been off of television for six weeks, seven weeks, whatever it is, this is the first applause I've heard. It is a barren wasteland out there," Stewart deadpanned.

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One "challenge" he's attempting to get over soon: the lack of on-set catering.

"Out in the world there are tables with food but you can't take it," he explained. "It costs money -- very little of it is gluten-free or vegan."

Stewart then took a moment to thank the entire writing staff, who joined him onstage to celebrate their final accomplishment, and he spoke fondly of his former colleagues.

"These people, I love desperately. I will never work with a group of people like this, I will never have an experience like this again. Comedy Central blessed me with this and these people did all the work," Stewart said.

Stewart, who will continue to executive produce The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, then ended his speech with a promise -- though we hope he breaks it!

"Thank you so very much. You will never have to see me again," Stewart said.