The long-time host of Comedy Central’s news show will take a three-month leave, during which new shows will continue to be produced. John Oliver, who has been a Daily Show fixture for about seven years, will step in to host, Deadline reports.
Stewart plans to use his down time not lounging on a beach, but directing a movie (his first). The film is called Rosewater, and this is what we know about it.
The New York Times reports that the movie will shoot overseas with a budget of up to $40 million. The Times also details how The Daily Show played a part in Bahari’s ordeal: the journalist had participated in a sketch about spies and Iran and, when he arrived there, that appearance was used as evidence against him. Stewart was understandably upset about what had happened and stayed in touch with Bahari after his return home, eventually optioning the book and drafting a screenplay based on the story.
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I've always found Jon Oliver hilarious, so it'll be interesting (for me) to see him fill in.