Jon Stewart didn't have much to laugh about Thursday.
In his solemn opening monologue on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, the host explained why he had no jokes in light of the Charleston, S.C., church shooting that killed nine people late Wednesday evening.
"I have one job, and it's a pretty simple job. I come in in the morning and we look at the news and I write jokes about it, and then I make a couple faces and like a noise and then it's just cha-ching and I'm out the door. But I didn't do my job today, so I apologize. I've got nothing for you in terms of jokes and sounds because of what happened at South Carolina," the comedian confessed. "And maybe if I wasn't nearing the end of the run or this wasn't such a common occurrence, maybe I could have pulled out of the spiral, but I didn't. And so I honestly have nothing other than just sadness, once again, that we have to peer into the abyss of the depraved violence that we do to each other and the nexus of a just gaping, racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn't exist. I'm confident, though, that by acknowledging it, by staring into that and seeing it for what it is, we still won't do jack s--t. Yeah! That's us, and that's the part that blows my mind."