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Jon Stewart on Government Shutdown: Smokey the Bear Forced to Give Handjobs for Money (Video)

A cigarette smoking icon is forced into prostitution. Are you satisfied Congress?

Jon Stewart checked in with a furry, fire-safety nut as part of his ongoing coverage of the fallout from the shutdown of the federal government on Thursday's edition of “The Daily Show.”

In a penetrating interview, the Comedy Central found a demoralized Smokey the Bear, puffing away on a cigarette while in the midst of a bucolic setting.

“You're asking me if it's hard to get laid off of a job I've held since 19-fricking-44?” Smokey asked incredulously. “Is that what you're asking me?

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“Now let me ask you a question — do I [bleep] in the woods?”

Actually, he confessed to Stewart that he has a Winnebago in which he performs that particular bodily function, but the point still stands.

Stewart tried to buck up the public safety luminary, noting that he had an extensive resume and shouldn't have trouble scoring another gig.

“Believe it or not I've been looking on Craigslist a little bit,” Smokey said. “They've got a lot of guys on there looking for bears.”

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Stewart countered that he thought Smokey must be confused about what exactly those men were looking for in a bear. He quickly discovered that Smokey, who said it was the easiest money he'd ever made, knew exactly what goods he was hawking on the site.

“I Smokey the Bear, beloved American icon, have been giving handjobs for money,” Smokey said.

A bear's gotta eat.

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