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Jon Stewart returns to 'Daily Show' to fight for 9/11 first responders

Jon Stewart left "The Daily Show" back in August after 15 years behind the "fake news" desk, but he was back Monday night!

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Decked out in a T-shirt and sporting a beard, Stewart wandered on set as current host Trevor Noah went about his business.

"I'm sorry, sir," Noah said with mock shock. "Are you lost?"

After reassuring Noah that he wasn't there to make a hostile-TV takeover, Stewart revealed the real reason for visit: "I have this issue. I care about it deeply ... and wanted to get some attention paid to it. But I was realizing, I don't have a show."

So for just one night, he borrowed Noah's.

Taking a seat in the guest spot, Stewart let it all out, and "it" was the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which Congress passed back in 2010. The measure was meant to insure that emergency personnel left injured or ill in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks would be cared for.

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But with a five-year limit imposed on the coverage, it's set to come to an end soon, despite the fact that many first responders are still suffering the fallout from their prolonged rescue work.

"There's no reason not to renew it permanently!" Stewart ranted. "But they did not renew it anyway."

And now he wants to spread the word and inspire others to rally for the cause.

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As for Congress, Stewart was back in his classic "Daily Show" form, taking the politicians to task without holding back.

“The only conclusion that I can draw [about their decision not to renew the act] is that the people of Congress are not as good a people as the people who are first responders," he said bluntly.

To emphasize the importance of his point, Stewart decided to gather a four-person panel of 9/11 emergency works who had visited his show in 2010 to speak about the need for the Zadroga Act, but only one man was there. Two others were ill and one had since died.

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