Jon Stewart is absolutely smitten with Benedict Cumberbatch and he doesn’t care who knows it. “The Daily Show” host couldn’t contain his crush (that, let’s be honest, the entire world has) on the British actor.
“I have a lot of guests on the show,” Stewart said on Tuesday night. “You’re the first guest where, I want to rip your clothes and sell it on eBay.”
Cumberbatch could only grin and bear Stewart’s flirtation, which progressed as the interview went on.
“I feel like if you were to go on the Internet and oil up your backside and bare it in a Kardashian-like pose, this planet could end,” Stewart told Cumberbatch. The host went so far as to ask the actor to marry him.
“You’re a little late,” said Cumberbatch, who recently became engaged to actress and director Sophie Hunter.
Stewart switched from praising Cumberbatch’s good looks to praising his performance in the upcoming film “The Imitation Game” as real-life mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing. Cumberbatch lauded him as a war hero and a genius, responsible for ending World War II.
Turing is often regarded as the father of computer science and famous for creating the Turing Test, AKA, the Imitation Game, which attempts to discover what separates humans from artificial intelligence.
“It’s one of the biggest unanswered questions,” Cumberbatch said. “What is it that makes us human? What is it of our intelligence that is ours and our alone?”
“I wish you were at least less talented,” Stewart said, “or at least would lean over and whisper ‘I have eight nipples.’ Something that would help me get over this cat.”
Watch the video from “The Daily Show” here.