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Jon Stewart Is Hosting Again Tonight, For The United Center's 'Warrior Games'

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 7, 2017 5:55PM

Jon Stewart / 10th Annual Stand Up For Heroes / November, 2016 (Getty Images, Photo: Theo Wargo)

It's been nearly two years since Jon Stewart signed off from Comedy Central. Since that time, we rarely go a week without hearing a lament over his step back from the public eye. But Stewart will be back on the tube, doing some hosting duties on Friday night—albeit in a far different environment than the politically pointed Daily Show aesthetic.

Stewart—a longtime advocate for veterans affairs—will co-host ESPN coverage of the "Warrior Games" live from Chicago this weekend, alongside Hannah Storm. The Games bring together wounded, injured or ill veterans to compete in a nine-day multi-sport event.

The co-hosts will team up on Friday evening for a special SportsCenter edition at 6 p.m., from the United Center. Stewart will also interview various competing veteran-athletes, beginning at 10 p.m. CST.

The "Warrior Games" have been around since 2010, but this will be the first time that they've been held outside a military base or Olympic training grounds. It also marks the Games' debut live TV coverage.

"The military and their families bear the brunt of all these policies. And they bear the brunt of the care of wounds—visible and invisible," Stewart said in an ESPN Front Row video. "And having a chance for the general public to come out and show their support in a real tangible way—that’s what this is about."

Jon Stewart on SC prep and Warrior Games from ESPNFrontRow on Vimeo.