Jon Stewart said goodbye to "The Daily Show" on Thursday, America's foremost satirist of politicians and the media ushered out by Bruce Springsteen and a reunion of the many colleagues that he worked with during 16 years as host.
Armed with a razor-sharp wit and research team adept at finding video evidence of hypocrisy or unintentional comedy among the nation's establishment, Stewart turned a sleepy basic-cable entertainment show into a powerful cultural platform.
For his finale, he pretended to report on Thursday's Republican presidential debate — which actually happened after the taping — but said he didn't have enough remaining correspondents to talk about all the candidates. That proved to be the vehicle to bring in a long succession of personalities whose careers were jump-started by Stewart when they were on the show, like Aasif Mandvi, Lewis Black, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Rob Corddry, Samantha Bee and Wyatt Cenac.
"You were infuriatingly good at your job," said Colbert, who begins in September as David Letterman's replacement on CBS' "Late Show."
Surprise! Aniston, Theroux wed
Hollywood's most famous engaged couple finally appears to have made it official. Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at home Wednesday, sources told People magazine. The small Bel Air ceremony included about 70 guests such as Aniston's former "Friends" co-star Lisa Kudrow, Chelsea Handler and Howard Stern, the magazine reported. It was a three-year engagement for Aniston, 45, and Theroux, 43.
Ford crash report: Harrison Ford's vintage plane likely crashed because of a carburetor problem that caused the engine to lose power after taking off from Santa Monica Airport, said a National Transportation Safety Board report Thursday. The problem part was found separated from its mounts, and the threads holding the crucial piece of the part together appeared to be rounded off. The carburetor was last checked in 1998. Ford told federal investigators his plane lost power March 5 after taking off from the airport. Ford was seriously injured in the crash.