Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has a few parting words for Jon Stewart as he signs off from "The Daily Show" Thursday night — saying there's still one thing the Comedy Central host must be "disappointed" he wasn't able to accomplish.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ailes took aim at the comedian who has often skewered his conservative-leaning network, saying that Stewart has "been after" Fox News for years but never even "made a dent" in the success of the cable news empire.
"As he faces the end of his career, he’s beginning to wonder: ‘Is this as popular as I’m ever going to get? Is this as much power as I’ll ever have? The one person I could never get rid of was Roger Ailes. I tried. I did everything I could.’ This was all a plea to his lefty friends," Ailes said.
"I think he’s disappointed that he didn’t accomplish that goal, and we, of course, supplied him with half of his comedy. It’s just a matter of disappointment."
Ailes pointed out that Fox News still beats Stewart when it comes to money and ratings: "I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did."
But Ailes also offered plenty of praise for Stewart, noting that he's seen the "brilliant" comedian with his kids out on the street.
"He’s a good father," Ailes said. "He has a bitter view of the world and you see it embodied in how he’s reacting to Fox News."
The Fox News chief suggested that after retirement from Comedy Central, Stewart could land a job directing movies with a "left-wing point of view," but pointed out that "90 percent of what Hollywood puts out already does that."
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