Jon Stewart Is Taking A Summer Vacation

The 'Daily Show' host will be off for 12 weeks to direct a film about a BBC journalist held in Iran.

Can The Daily Show be The Daily Show without Jon Stewart? Viewers are about to find out: Starting this summer, Comedy Central viewers can expect to hear (temporarily) "Welcome to the Daily Show ... with John Oliver." The Daily Show regular is taking over for Stewart for eight weeks of original shows while Stewart takes a 12-week sabbatical to direct Rosewater. Rosewater is a movie about BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who was held in an Iranian prison for 118 days.

The movie, which is based on Bahari's 2011 book "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival", is a long stretch for Stewart from his regular spot behind the anchor desk he's occupied since 1999. But the comedian, who wrote the Rosewater script, has oft ventured out from the comedic host spot to use his position as an activist for causes he seems to believe strongly in.

As USA Today points out, one piece of evidence used against Bahari by Iranian authorities was his appearance on The Daily Show.

Daily Show fans, what do you think of the impending change up? Let us know in the comments.

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  • P. L.

    I greatly miss John Stewart, but I do really like Oliver, so at least that's good.   Kudos to Stewart for doing this....sounds like a worthy project and something he can/will be proud of having done.  But we'll miss him with his LONG absence from the Daily Show.

  • Christopher Combs

    Luv ya Jon.  You gave us Stephen and Oliver is a great up and comer.  

  • Anonymous

    Wait - so Stewart is giving up ~1/4 of his platform year to try to help a disenfranchised political activist, and the question is what do we think of this?  Pretty sure the Karadshians gave up more than that amount of time to have plastic surgery and/or deal with lawsuits.