Jon Stewart taking 12 weeks off 'The Daily Show,' replaced by John Oliver
We’ve always wondered what The Daily Show would be like without Jon Stewart, and now we’ll get our chance to find out. The comedian will take a 12-week break from the show this summer to direct a movie. If his turns in The Faculty and Death to Smoochy are any indication, this will be, um, memorable.
Deadline.com says Stewart will be directing Rosewater, an adaptation of the Maziar Bahari book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival, about the BBC journalist’s arrest in Iran while covering the 2009 presidential election. Bahari spent 118 days in prison, accused of spying and being repeatedly interrogated by a man who smelled like rosewater. That doesn’t sound the least bit humorous.
John Oliver will fill in as host for eight weeks of new shows during that stretch while Stewart works on his pet project. If he can pull it off, it’s the kind of material that will surely lead to jokes about his 2008 Oscars hosting gig at a future Academy Awards ceremony.