Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Jon Stewart to Host “Daily Show” Every Monday a la Rachel Maddow MSNBC Deal, Will EP Rest of Week


Jon Stewart is coming home.

He’s going to host The Daily Show every Monday. It’s a deal not unlike Rachel Maddow’s on MSNBC.

The rest of the week he’ll be an Executive Producer and very involved with the show.

The Daily Show has struggled to find a host ever since Trevor Noah left last year.

Stewart hosted the show for years, from 1999 to 2015, until he finally stepped away — mostly, I always thought, because he lost the David Letterman spot on CBS to Stephen Colbert. Since then, Stewart has been an activist and filmmaker. An Apple TV show ran for one season.

The Daily Show airs on Comedy Central, owned by Paramount/Viacom. It’s actually the only show on that channel that I know of, so Stewart’s return — which must be expensive — shows a sign of commitment from the company. It’s particularly important in this election year, although who knows what the new Jon Stewart will be like politically — he’s seemed to have become much more conservative.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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