Jon Stewart opened Thursday’s Daily Show by confessing to viewers, “I didn’t do my job today.”
The somber comedian explained that the hate crime-fueled massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC — which left nine people dead — rendered him joke-less.
“I have one job — and it’s a pretty simple job,” he said. “I come in in the morning, we look at the news, and I write jokes about it. And then I make a couple of faces… and then I’m out the door. But… I’ve got nothin’ for you, because of what happened in South Carolina. I honestly have nothing other than just sadness.”
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