MSNBC host Joe Scarborough engaged in some on-air speculation Wednesday about the motives for Jon Stewart announcing his departure from “The Daily Show”, suggesting the comedian timed it “as a favor” to embattled journalist Brian Williams.
Scarborough offered his theory during “Morning Joe” after a guest, Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations, noted that Stewart’s high-profile announcement coincided with an ethics scandal engulfing Williams, the longtime NBC News anchor.
Stewart “could have stepped down at any time,” Haass said. “The fact that he stepped down in the middle of this — was there any connection?”
Scarborough found the theory credible, and noted that Williams and Stewart are both from New Jersey.
“These guys, two Jersey guys, apparently spent time together,” Scarborough said, relating a story he had heard of Williams, Stewart, and Bruce Springsteen hanging out together on the Jersey Shore.
“It’s hard to not think that Jon Stewart did this as a favor to Brian Williams,” Scarborough said.