August 7, 2015 12:34 AM EDT

Jon Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show Thursday night was a fitting end to a 16-year-run, a family reunion of sorts with appearances from so many of the people who helped Stewart achieve the status he has. And although technically Bruce Springsteen sang the last word, Stewart spoke the final words, offering a warm display of gratitude to his colleagues and audience:

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