Jon Stewart to Take Twelve Week Hiatus from 'The Daily Show; John Oliver Will Sub

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March 5th, 2013


via press release:





John Oliver to Host During Stewart’s Film Shoot



NEW YORK, March 5, 2013 -- Jon Stewart will go on hiatus from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” beginning in June in order to direct his first feature film, entitled “Rosewater,” which will be produced by Stewart’s production company, Busboy Productions, along with Scott Rudin Productions and Odd Lot Entertainment. Longtime correspondent and writer John Oliver will host the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series for the eight weeks of original episodes that are scheduled during Stewart’s hiatus.

John Oliver joined “The Daily Show” and The Best F#@king News Team Ever in 2006 and since arriving has done everything from interviewing UN Ambassadors to covering the World Cup in South Africa to breaking his nose fighting for the Confederate army. As a writer Oliver has been nominated for Emmy® and Writers Guild Awards and he won the Breakout Award at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. He performs stand-up around the US and his one-hour special “Terrifying Times debuted in April 2008. His stand-up series, “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show” premiered on COMEDY CENTRAL in January 2010 and aired its third season last summer. Along with Andy Zaltzman, Oliver also writes and stars in a weekly podcast, “The Bugle: Audio Newspaper for a Visual World.”

“Rosewater,” a journalist’s story of his entry into the family business - government imprisonment and political incarceration in Iran - was written by Stewart and is based on the book, “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival” by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari. Bahari was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government shortly after being interviewed by “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones in 2009 when he travelled to Iran to file a series of reports for the show (link to segment TK). Bahari later appeared as a guest on “The Daily Show” in June 2011.


  • kyle

    Be interesting to see how John Oliver does as host

  • Laurence Glavin

    Hmmm…I see African-AMERICAN corrrespondent Larry Wilmore on “The Daily Show” was NOT selected. Instead, a Brit was. Al Sharpton should look into this.

  • Guardian Owl

    I think he will do pretty well, a side effect is it is probably a nice dry run on Comedy Central’s part if the Daily Show can continue on once Jon Stewart can’t/won’t do the show anymore.

  • James C.

    John Oliver already co-hosts a show that is sort of like the missing Friday version of The Daily Show, in audio form:

  • Producer Chris



    (but seriously, listen to The Bugle if you’re not. And hope that Zaltsman can come stateside for a week to serve as Oliver’s cohost in some sort of delightfully British Even Steph(v)en)

  • davidwatts

    I love how the phrase ‘go on’ got hyperlinked.

    Oliver will do fine.


    I think this might be the year the Emmy streak ends!

  • jake3988

    While John Oliver has to be one of the funniest guys on the planet, I’m not sure how he’ll do as host. I think it’ll be good, but we’ll see!

  • Harma

    Heres hoping he gets Zaltsman on so I can get a daily dose of bulls&@#

  • Joe

    In an episode from a couple of years ago, Stewart pretended to leave and hand the reigns over to Oliver, who became host of “The Daily Show with John Oliver” for about 2 minutes before Stewart came back. He’s obviously being groomed to be Stewart’s successor so it’s not surprising he’s substituting for him now.

  • Joe

    Oh and Laurence Glavin, Larry Wilmore is a contributor, not a correspondent.

  • velouria

    Hello Buglers!

    I’m going to have to tivo TDS for the first time in a few years once these episodes start airing.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Lewis Black also could have done a good job with this

  • Hector

    John Oliver better start practicing showing a clip of someone saying something, then show that person contradicting him/herself, then making a weird face to the camera. (Or saying something in a funny voice)

  • Hugh

    Lazy communist…

    To direct a feature film? Ok then.

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