Jon Stewart 'surprised' at meltdown over his belief in coronavirus lab-leak theory

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Comedian Jon Stewart said in a new interview he was surprised at the pushback to his espousement of the coronavirus lab-leak therory and wondered how it got "politicized."
Comedian Jon Stewart said in a new interview he was surprised at the major pushback to his espousement of the coronavirus lab-leak theory and wondered how it got "politicized."

The former "Daily Show" host surprised media observers in June when he launched into a passionate bit on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" about the coincidence that the Wuhan coronavirus emerged in a city with a superlab that experimented on bat coronaviruses, saying, "The disease is the same name as the lab!"

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about his new Apple TV+ project, Stewart cited the Colbert interview while discussing the power of Twitter.

"It's democratized connection and also democratized destruction," he said. "Not to quote MC Hammer, but you can't take the measure without considering the measurer. It's kind of the point I was making on Colbert that everybody got mad about, which was, "These are just tools, we're the ones that f--- them up."

"You're referencing your June appearance on The Late Show where you went all in on the theory that the coronavirus originated from a lab in China. I couldn't tell if Colbert was entertained by your bit or maybe a little nervous," reporter Lacey Rose said.

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