Much like animated comedy South Park, news programme The Daily Show has been a popular long-running staple of cable network Comedy Central, though it too is likely to experience a few changes this year, as host Jon Stewart revealed that he will be taking a three-month hiatus from his role over the summer.
The move is said to be one to enable him to work on his directorial debut with upcoming ‘serious movie’ Rosewater (based on a true story from BBC reporter Maziar Bahari on his experiences in an Iranian prison), his first position in film since playing himself on The Adjustment Bureau and hosting the Oscars in 2008.
The 50-year-old comedian said to Deadline of his personal view of the differences between working in TV and on film: “I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 AM and having it out there at 6:30 PM and moving on, so this [movie] is a little scary, yes. One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves.”
For worried fans of his regular work on the satirical news series, Stewart will be replaced over the three months by guest presenter John Oliver, who earns a temporary promotion from being a ‘correspondent’ on the series.
Set to be a rare break from the series in which he has made well over 1,000 episodes, will Stewart’s absence be detrimental to The Daily Show, or will the supporting cast step up and maintain the show ratings while he is away?