Jon Stewart nearly loses lunch over 'News of the World' hacking scandal... and Hugh Grant's role in it

When Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show last night, he was met with some news that disturbed even the veteran cynic. British correspondent John Oliver filled him in on the twisty series of sordid events that have come to light in the midst of the hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s now-shuttered News of the World. Having heard his fair share of corruption stories, Stewart entered the story in good humor. But the anchor’s stomach soon began to churn when he “learned” that NOTW had hacked into 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler’s phone. That ill feeling, however, soon shifted to “a schadenfreude-orgasm” when Oliver introduced our unlikely hero: Hugh Grant. As we reported, the acting Prime Minister in Love Actually, himself a victim of phone hacking, went undercover to expose the paper’s underhanded tactics. “That’s right,” declared Oliver, “the guy who got car head from an L.A. road prostitute is now the moral compass of my nation!” Clip after the jump.

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  • Clarke

    Funny/Amazingly Depressing

  • Al

    John Oliver tortures camels.

    • Ryan

      I saw the video. That camel was asking for it.

  • Winnie50

    John Oliver was hilarious, but John Stewart was painful to watch. Can you say way too over the top?

    • Carrie L.

      Yes, let’s revoke Jon Stewart’s Oscar after that terrible performance that was supposed to be 100% serious.

      • Jerome

        Oscars are for movies darling, I think you meant his Emmy :)

      • Jason C.

        Win did Jon Stewart win an Oscar?

      • Melissa

        He was kidding about the Oscar folks…

    • kaito

      You know it was on purpose? js

  • Duke

    Good for Jon Stewart and Oliver and Hugh; Stewart as always tells real news topics, unlike faux garbage, and Oliver is too funny and eloquent. Hugh Grant did great on his undercover sting for helping uncover the stink of murdoch. Hackergate, Watergate of U.K. and vengeance for dead child Milly.

  • Bibi

    It was really funny. Great way to present real news.

  • sean

    John Oliver is a riot!

  • Jenny

    Hysterical!! With more news than most “legitimate” sources.

  • Eurydice

    Hmmm, Jon Stewart must be another who only gets his news from The Daily Show. If he’d read a newspaper he would have been over his nausea at least a week ago. Oh, but you say this was all an act….ok.

    • bee

      He was off last week…

      • Eurydice

        Off, you mean “off” like when you turn off the lights? Because even if he’s not on the air his brain should still be on. But maybe he spent his “off” time in a cave.

      • Kat

        Eurydice…what? You know this is a staged bit for a TV show, right? He’s not hearing the news for the first time and reacting to it. How do you figure his brain was off or that he was in a cave? The guy was on vacation last week, and the NOTW stuff is a huge story so it would be weird not to address it.

      • topazbean

        Troll troll troll. Dear God, when will people learn? Just ignore them.

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