LOS ANGELES—Former late-night television personality Craig Kilborn announced Monday that he has decided to return to the show he says he made a household name.

"Jon Stewart's been doing a real fine job filling in for me while I pursued my other projects, but I think it's time for me to take back the reins," Kilborn said in an interview with E! Monday. "Sure, The Daily Show's gotten a little slow, but there's nothing wrong with it that couldn't be fixed with a little of Craiggers' old 'Five Questions' magic."

Kilborn noted that many shows lose their ways under interim hosts, citing post-1996 SportsCenter as evidence.