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The year late-night got it right... and dodged another meltdown

Was it really as simple as getting rid of Jay Leno?

For the longest time, late-night television was a battlefield. Beginning with Johnny Carson’s retirement in 1992—which set up the Leno/Letterman divide that would define the landscape for two decades—and best epitomized by the disastrous 2009 Tonight Show handover and subsequent takeback from Conan O’Brien, late-night has always been a bloody zero-sum conflict that inflated every minor change to the equation into a major tectonic shift.

NBC so bungled the Leno/O’Brien transition that when rumors began to emerge in early 2013 that the last-place network was planning to push top-rated Leno out for good and hand the keys to the Tonight Show to the younger, cooler Jimmy Fallon, another fiasco seemed inevitable. While the whispers grew, Leno fanned the flames on his show, making jokes about being knifed in the back by NBC execs. No one thought he would go quietly, and his critics, late-night rivals, and the other networks waited gleefully for another wave of schadenfreude. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart screams in frustration over Eric Garner grand jury

There weren’t many jokes Jon Stewart could open with last night. Following the news that a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner—a decision that triggered waves of protest across New York City—Stewart spent the first few moments of The Daily Show trying to process the event.

“If comedy is tragedy plus time, I need more f—ing time,” Stewart said. He then highlighted the reasons for the public frustration over the decision: literally none of the ambiguities that existed under the controversial grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri last week were present in the Garner case, and yet the decision remained the same. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert interviews the 'voice of the left' -- Jon Stewart

With only a few weeks of shows left, Stephen Colbert begrudgingly invited one final “liberal lion” guest onto his show for an interview: Jon Stewart.

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Jon Stewart gets a crush on Benedict Cumberbatch on 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart has had hundreds, if not thousands, of guests on The Daily Show, but there have been few that he develops a crush on during an interview.

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Jon Stewart to appear on 'The O'Reilly Factor'

Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly’s cross-ideological relationship will continue Friday when Stewart, who is making the rounds to promote his film Rosewater, will appear on The O’Reilly FactorEW confirmed.

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Watch Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in conversation with Jon Stewart

On Friday, Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old advocate for girls’ rights to education who was shot by the Taliban, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with with Kailash Satyarthi, who fights for children’s rights. Which means it’s a great occasion to revisit Yousafzai’s moving 2013 interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. READ FULL STORY

Jason Jones and Samantha Bee fight over hosting 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart called in sick last night, opening the door for Jason Jones to host The Daily Show. It’s his turn. With John Oliver gone to HBO, Jones is the heir apparent. Just don’t say that to Samantha Bee, his wife.

“Obviously, I am not Jon Stewart,” Jones said. “Jon is out sick tonight with a bad case of something called the bubons. I’m not sure I’m pronouncing that [correctly]… the bubons. It’s apparently an illness that effects only people from New Jersey.”

Fortunately, Jones had lots of help from a late-night host’s best friend, Vice President Joe Biden, who was in the news for a recent rash of foot-in-mouth disease. “I like Joe. He speaks his mind,” said Jones. “But being second in command is a bitchy job. Never getting to sit in the captain’s chair. Waiting for something to happen to the boss’s health before you get your chance to do anything. And you know you’re ready. That has got to be, I would imagine, incredibly frustrating.” READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck teases Jon Stewart about copying 'Argo'

On Tuesday, Ben Affleck went on The Daily Show to promote Gone Girl—and traded playful barbs with Stewart over the host’s directorial debut, the movie Rosewater. READ FULL STORY

'Daily Show' airs controversial Washington Redskins segment

Part of the fun of the Daily Show is watching passionate—though not always eloquent—people make their case for a cause that’s important to them (and sometimes only them).

It’s fair to say that some eventually regret opening their mouths on TV. Last week, a Virginia woman who volunteered to defend the Washington Redskins nickname in a segment contacted the police and the Washington Post after she and three other Washington football fans were introduced by Jason Jones to several Native American activists protesting the nickname, which they consider a slur. “The encounter at a Dupont Circle hotel was so tense that an Alexandria fan said she left in tears and felt so threatened that she later called the police,” Ian Ahapira wrote in the Post. “She has told the Daily Show to leave her out of the segment but doesn’t know whether the producers will comply.”

Well, Jon Stewart aired the segment Thursday night after acknowledging the controversy:

“We learned later that some of the individuals who participated in the piece, they didn’t enjoy the experience. It’s something that happens a lot less than you would think. But we take the complaint seriously. We generally don’t want people who participate in the show to have a bad experience. We work very hard to find real people who have real beliefs and want to express those beliefs on television, and we work hard to make sure that the gist of those beliefs are represented accurately, albeit sometimes comedically on our program. If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally misled or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece. We would not air that piece. So that being said… I hope you enjoy the following piece.” READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart offers advice to the NFL on 'The Daily Show'

While television ratings for the NFL have been promising to kick off the season, the league has been under fire for its leniency toward players who have committed acts of violence off the field. Jon Stewart blasted the league on Wednesday night’s The Daily Show.

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