Jon Stewart Plans Summer Hiatus From The Daily Show, John Oliver to Host 8 Weeks of New Shows

jon stewartJon Stewart is planning a break from the Daily grind.

The Daily Show With John Stewart host will turn the faux anchor’s desk over to correspondent John Oliver this summer in order to direct his first feature film, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Stewart will be gone from the Comedy Central hit for 12 weeks, eight of which will feature new episodes hosted by Oliver.

The film Stewart will direct is an adaptation (also penned by the comedian) of Maziar Bahari’s 2011 memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival. Bahari, a BBC journalist living in London, traveled to Iran in 2009 to cover the presidential elections and wound up spending 118 days undergoing punishing interrogation in the country’s worst jail.

Bahari was accused of being a spy; one piece of Iran’s evidence against him was his inclusion in a Daily Show package featuring correspondent Jason Jones pretending to be a spy in Iran. (As you’ll see in the clip below, Bahari doesn’t hold a grudge.)

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