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Jon Stewart taking Daily Show break this summer, John Oliver to host for eight weeks

A 'Daily Show' without Jon Stewart is like a day without sunshine, right? Well, prepare for a particularly cloudy summer: the fake news anchor is planning on taking eight weeks off from his time behind the newsdesk to work on his directorial debut. 

Stewart will be working on the film 'Rosewater', an adaptation of the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari's memoir 'Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival.' Stewart wrote the screenplay.

No word yet on which eight weeks Stewart will spend away from the Daily Show, but we do know who his replacement will be: senior news correspondent John Oliver. Knowing Oliver's Daily Show persona, it will be interesting to see how the mood of the Daily Show changes over the course of the eight weeks. It's likely the series will play up Oliver's obnoxious character as "taking over" the series or something to that effect; my worry is just that the show doesn't become a British-accented Colbert Report. 

While it will be a little odd to see a Stewart-less Daily Show (at least it's not permanent!), it will be far more exciting to see a Stewart-directed film -- and it looks to be a serious one at that. Maybe Stewart's directorial skills will warrant more credit than his admittedly less-than-great acting turns in films like 'Death to Smoochy.' 

We'll keep you posted to see if Stewart mentions this news in tonight's airing of The Daily Show. 


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Written by: mcpherson
Mar 5th, 2013, 1:48 pm

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Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2013, 9:42 pm

Damn, it's been many years since Stewart was temporarily replaced (a decade or close to it), but even then, it wasn't for more than a week. It's going to be a bit much to get used to seeing for a few weeks. However, as it's been stated, if there's anyone in the current gallery of correspondents who can step in and come close to Stewart's charisma, it's John Oliver. Many of the correspondents largely keep in character as aloof hotheads (or bimbos in case of the women), but Oliver seems to be able to slip into the straight man persona quite often and does so with quite a likeable presence that should make the temp situation a comfortable one.


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Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2013, 6:49 pm

I'd enjoy - as long as its a hatius and not a 'see if oliver is better' situation.


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Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2013, 2:56 pm

I always figured Oliver would probably take over when Stewart retires, at least out of the current correspondents. Not that I hope that happens anytime soon. I'll be interested to check out a Jon Stewart directed film though, should be interesting.


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Message Posted On Mar 5th, 2013, 2:52 pm

Nooooehs!!! Eight weeks is gonna be a long time without any Jon Stewart fun. But at least John Oliver isn't a bad choice. I share your concerns though, Sam.

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