Wyatt Cenac, self-proclaimed comedy person, was on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast this week, where he discussed his NYC cabdriver father's murder, his extremely estranged and difficult relationship with his mother and stepfather, and why he left The Daily Show. It turns out that Cenac had an explosive blow-up with Jon Stewart in 2011 that left him devastated. And Daily Show producers say Cenac wasn't exaggerating.

Cenac explained to Maron that he had objected to how Stewart parodied Republican candidate Herman Cain. From Vulture :

Cenac, who was the only black writer there at the time, voiced his concerns during the writer's meeting. "I've got to be honest, and I just spoke from my place," said Cenac. "I wasn’t here when it all happened. I was in a hotel. And I cringed a little bit. It bothered me." He wanted them to drop the bit and said that it reminded him of Kingfish, a character Tim Moore played on Amos 'n' Andy. He remembers:

[Stewart] got incredibly defensive. I remember he was like, What are you trying to say? There’s a tone in your voice. I was like, "There’s no tone. It bothered me. It sounded like Kingfish." And then he got upset. And he stood up and he was just like, "Fuck off. I’m done with you." And he just started screaming that to me. And he screamed it a few times. "Fuck off! I’m done with you." And he stormed out. And I didn’t know if I had been fired.

The fight carried on at Stewart's office and was only stopped when one of the office dogs began pawing at them. (Aww.) Eventually, the show had to go on, and Cenac remembers going outside to a baseball field and having a breakdown. "I was shaking, and I just sat there by myself on the bleachers and fucking cried. And it’s a sad thing. That’s how I feel. That’s how I feel in this job. I feel alone," he said.

Also, others in the office told Cenac that before one of the dogs went into Stewart's office, the dogs were shaking because the shouting was so loud.

The NY Times' Jason Zinoman also Tweeted quotes:

Listen to the entire podcast—Cenac admits that he has looked for father figures and mentors throughout his life, and potentially placed too much of a burden on Stewart (who, Cenac thinks, is not a mentor kind of guy). He said friends at the show, like John Oliver, convinced him to stay, but he was only a correspondent, not a writer anymore, partly due to money concerns.

The Times' David Itzkoff talked to some Daily Show producers about what Cenac said:

Steve Bodow, an executive producer, acknowledged in an interview that there were “blind spots” at the program when Mr. Cenac worked there, “and I’m sure there still are now,” he said.

“One of the reasons that these topics are generally good fodder for us to deal with at the show is because they’re difficult to talk about,” Mr. Bodow said. “There’s tension around them.”

“But I would never say that we were perfect or without fault on any of that stuff,” he added. “And the incident with Wyatt was a real reminder of that.”

Jen Flanz, another executive producer, said that when the program takes up topics of race, sexuality, gender or religion, it can lead to “sometimes uncomfortable debates.”

“Nobody wants it to get out of control the way that particular discussion did,” she said. “And I’ve been here for 16 years, and I can count on my hands the times that it even got close to that. But they are healthy debates.”

In recent years, “The Daily Show” has sought to dispel its reputation for homogeneity on its staff, adding correspondents and contributors like Jessica Williams, Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah, who will succeed Mr. Stewart as its host in September.

Employees like these have “evolved the show beyond what it was years ago,” Ms. Flanz said. “What it will be in years from now is hopefully even more evolved than that.”

The show still has only one black writer, but, Mr. Bodow said, “That’s going to change.”

Cenac said that he and Stewart have recently emailed. He thanked Stewart for mentioning his name to Comedy Central as a potential successor and also laid out how he felt during his final year at the program. Stewart "kind of apologized as much as he could, for if I felt hurt" and asked him to go to the final show. Cenac is considering it.