But he was just fine staying outside the moat, throwing rocks at the castle.
NBC reportedly talked to Stewart about hosting its venerable Sunday morning news program, "Meet the Press." When asked what he think that says of NBC, Stewart sang: "They're confused! They're confused! Dah dah dah dah dah, they're confused!
"They didn't offer me anything. It was just one of those, like, 'What do you think about that?' kind of conversations.
"And what did you say?"
"I don't think that's a good idea!"
"You didn't need to take the weekend to think it over?"
Rocca then asked Stewart how many pets he has. "This is the part of the interview where we humanize you," he said.
"Good luck!" Stewart laughed. "Right now we're at three bunnies, three dogs, a bird, three fish and a hamster. Oh, and a pony. It's a pleasant house. Not for the faint of sinus."
It's a house he shares with Tracey, his wife of 14 years, and their two children -- the main reason he cited last February when he announced he was leaving the show.
When asked what he would be like if he hadn't married Tracey, Stewart replied, "I'd be much unhappier. She has the capacity for real warmth and love. She's able to help me experience that. I'm an individual that's much more removed. Like, I like bartending because it's sort of like being out, but you don't actually have to be out."
"And you're on the other side of the bar?"
"Is being a father what you expected it would be?"
"No. It's much better than what I thought," he laughed, "'cause the experience that I had growing up was very different."
When Stewart was nine years old, his father, a physicist, left the family. From that point on Stewart saw his father (now deceased) only sporadically.
Rocca asked, "What did your father think about what you do for a living? Did he get it? Did he enjoy it? Did he think, 'What a strange choice,' or, 'Wow, that's really cool'?"
"She's a spitfire, man. She's 81. She'll knock you out!"
So, Rocca asked, what will Stewart do post-"Daily Show"?
"Oh, I don't know. What do you think? You know what? Have your viewers draw some suns of what they think I should do next -- a doctor sun, different professional suns. That I would like to see!"
"A mountain biker sun?"
"Whatever the sun they wanna draw. And we'll get it done that way."
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