CNBC’s Jim Cramer tells the Ohio State Lantern his interview on the Daily Show last month “was a complete and utter ambush” and that the popular comedian Jon Stewart pulled a fast one on him and did not “comport himself as a gentleman.” From The Lantern:
He told my staff that it was going to be fun, convivial, no clips, but [it] doesn’t matter, he’s a comedian, he can do whatever he wants.
Was it a fair fight? No, it wasn’t even a fight. I came on with the idea of taking a high road approach and discussing the issues, obviously [Stewart] came on strictly to try to humiliate me. It was brutal. Was he stand-up? Absolutely not.
Did he comport himself as a gentleman? Hardly. It was a deposition; he wants to be a prosecutor.
His goal was just to humiliate and destroy me and probably get me fired, and last I looked, I still have a show.
It was a 20 minute interview, he picked the worst eight minutes to make me look as horrible as possible. It’s his show, he can do whatever he wants. If he comes on my show, it’ll be a fair discussion, but he’s not gonna come on my show, because he’s all about his [ratings] numbers.
Cramer was also critical of Stewart’s conduct off-camera:
“He had an animus toward me. At the conclusion of the interview, not on the mic,” he said, “I picked the wrong guy, I’m sorry, but that’s not gonna get out there,” Cramer said. “He just said it to me as just a throwaway. His goal was just to humiliate and destroy me and probably get me fired, and last I looked, I still have a show”.
Cramer said although the interview was “allegedly disastrous” for his own career, “my [ratings] have never been better.”