Crossfire didn’t know what hit them. Back in October 2004, Jon Stewart was booked as a guest on the now defunct (although recently resurrected) CNN talk show, and the The Daily Show host brilliantly turned the tables on hosts Paul Begala and Tucker Carlson, even turning their own audience against them.
Stewart, who set the tone by asking Carlson why he and Begala argue so much on the show, noted that he was hesitant to come on the program where the hosts representing the political left and right scream at each other.
“I felt that wasn’t fair, and I should come here and tell you that it’s not so much that it’s bad, as it’s hurting America,” Stewart told Carlson and Begala referring to Crossfire. “So I wanted to come here today and say . . . stop. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop hurting America.”
The ax came down on Crossfire months after Jon Stewart effectively trolled the hosts, most notably Carlson.
Along with being the catalyst for the show’s demise, Stewart’s venomous appearance was the launching point that catapulted him to becoming the world’s most celebrated political satirist.
Watch the 2004 segment of CNN’s Crossfire in the video below: