Jon Stewart bids Fox News adieu on 'The Daily Show'

Dylan Stableford

Jon Stewart kicked off his final week as host of "The Daily Show" by tearing into Fox News over the network's coverage of his purported "bromance" with Barack Obama, and its assertion he's a "propagandist" for the president.

The outgoing Comedy Central star pointed out that Fox News itself has often praised him for criticizing the Obama administration, playing a montage of clips showing its hosts — including Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — doing their own variations of the "even Jon Stewart is mocking Obama" refrain.

"How often does a dude have to criticize the president before his name legally changes from 'Even Jon Stewart' to 'Unsurprisingly Jon Stewart'?" he asked.

(Comedy Central)

Stewart said if you're looking for "improper collusion," look no further than Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who once sent a memo to President George W. Bush saying that the American public would be supportive of the war on terror if they were convinced he was using the harshest measures possible.

“My hunch is this show’s been harder on the Obama administration and this president per capita than you ever were in your eight years of Bush,” Stewart said, adding: “Your hypocrisy isn’t a bug in the Fox model — it’s the feature. Your job is to discredit any source of criticism that might hurt the conservative brand.”

Stewart concluded the segment by bidding Fox News farewell, using a faux grenade to set his set on fire.

"Adios, motherf---ers!" Stewart said.

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