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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  1. That all sounds amazing. I can’t wait to see Jon’s new film, and to see John as host of The Daily Show. They are both incredibly intelligent and funny men.

  2. karl says:

    Love John Oliver, can’t wait, also can’t wait for Stewart’s film sounds interesting.

  3. hello says:

    Maybe they are using this as a test to see if John Oliver could replace Stewart at some point, if he ever wants to quit

  4. Leah says:

    Awesome. Can’t wait to watch John Oliver and this movie.

  5. gdv says:

    I miss John Oliver on Community! Bring back Duncan!

    • Angela says:

      Amen to this.
      Have always loved him on “The Daily Show”, too, though, will be very interesting to see how he does those weeks Jon’s away.
      And the film Jon will be working on sounds fascinating. Quite a big deal activity for him to get involved in, I wish him good luck with that movie.

  6. Britta Unfiltered says:

    UGH, is it actually 12 weeks? I saw on another website that said 8 weeks. I wanted to believe you were wrong, but The New York Times is saying 12 weeks too, so that must be it. Not that I begrudge him a directing career or anything, but 12 weeks is TOO LONG!!!! That’s an entire summer!! I will go into an alcoholic-like withdrawal!

  7. Deena says:

    If anyone is going to fill in, it can only be John Oliver. Will miss JS but love JO so I am ok with this.

  8. Zoe says:

    As long as it’s only a break, I don’t think I could watch a permanently Jon-less Daily Show. Also, the movie sounds awesome, definitely going to check it out. (Maybe we can give Jon an Oscar? Yes? Please?) And John Oliver is a good temporary choice.

  9. David says:

    If you like John Oliver you need to listen to his weekly podcast: The Bugle. Its always fun and sometimes achieves brilliance.