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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

'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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Remembering Michael Che's too-brief 'Daily Show' run

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When word broke late Thursday that Saturday Night Live will shake up the Weekend Update desk once again this season, fan reaction was swift and decisive. The consensus: Lorne Michaels was replacing the wrong anchor.

Specifically: Cecily Strong, who took her seat at the Update desk last fall—and earned generally positive reviews for her work there—is out. SNL head writer Colin Jost, who joined Update in March after Seth Meyers’ departure—and has received, er, slightly less encouraging feedback—is staying put.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Robin Williams open up about addiction on 'The Daily Show'

On Sept. 26, 2013, Robin Williams went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote The Crazy Ones in what would eventually become his last appearance on the late-night show after his death on August 11, 2014.

In the interview, Williams candidly discussed his battle with addiction, revealing details about the time he relapsed in Alaska and how he dealt with fear. Both men joked their way through a very honest discussion, with Williams quipping, “I went to rehab in wine country just to keep my options open.”

In a more serious turn, however, Williams called his sobriety a “total reboot” before delving into his experience with blackouts and more.

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You can't donate to Jon Stewart's CNN Kickstarter, but you can laugh at it

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Bad news, everybody: Jon Stewart isn’t actually launching a Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN, despite what last night’s Daily Show might have you thinking.

The joke drive came up during a segment about Rupert Murdoch’s recent bid to purchase Time Warner. If the deal had actually happened—or if it does happen eventually—Time Warner would be forced to sell off its subsidiary CNN, since the news net’s work conflicts with that of News Corp’s own Fox News. (Though fans of both CNN and Fox would probably balk at the comparison.)

But who would buy CNN in this hypothetical situation? That’s where you come in. READ FULL STORY

Video: Hillary Clinton refuses to take Jon Stewart's presidential bait

Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, is “an incredibly complex and well-reasoned eyewitness view” to the former Secretary of State’s four-year term holding that office, Jon Stewart declared on The Daily Show Tuesday. “And I think I speak for everybody,” Stewart continued, turning to his guest, “when I say no one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for president.”

Clinton, naturally, replied with her trademark Hillary laugh—then quipped, “You know, Jon, I was going to make an announcement. But I saw—I mean, you kind of spoiled it for me. So I’m just going to have to reconsider where I go do it.”

Which means that she’s totally running for president in 2016. Right? Riiiiight? Even though absolutely all signs point to “yes,” the ex-First Lady refused to come out and formally throw her hat into the ring… though she did give a few loaded answers to the “career aptitude test” Stewart asked her to take.  READ FULL STORY

Egypt's answer to Jon Stewart ends satirical show; Stewart responds

Satire isn’t for everyone, apparently: Egyptian television host Bassem Youssef has canceled his Daily Show-esque series, saying “the present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program.”

Youssef, who’s often described as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” hosted successful satirical news show Al-Bernameg (The Program) for three years. During that time, he frequently ran into trouble because of Egypt’s tense political climate: Just last year, a warrant was issued for Youssef’s arrest when he was accused of insulting then-president Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith.

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Stewart, Kimmel, Fallon talk Solange/Jay Z elevator fight -- VIDEO

TMZ released video footage of Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay Z in an elevator as Beyonce stood by — and naturally, the media was on it.

The video came out Monday, and since then, cable talking heads have been tirelessly trying to figure out what caused the incident — because, apparently, there’s nothing better to talk about. Jon Stewart mocked all the coverage of the elevator affair on The Daily Show Wednesday night, showing clips from outlets like CNN and Fox News and poking fun at their baseless theories — including that Jay Z has been cheating on Beyoncé, and the mogul wanted to ditch his wife and her sis to go to Rihanna’s party after the Met Gala. “With all these incredibly well-sourced motives, I can’t believe Solange didn’t spend the entire Met Ball kicking Jay Z in the face,” Stewart said. “Why wait until the elevator?”

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How each late night host tackled the Donald Sterling scandal -- VIDEO

Billionaire Donald Sterling made headlines last week when TMZ posted audio recordings of the Los Angeles Clippers owner making racist comments. Specifically, the audio captures Sterling telling his mistress that he doesn’t want her associating with black people in public and asking her not to bring “them” to his games.

Everyone from President Obama to Snoop Dogg have offered their two cents on the controversy — and on Monday night, it was late night’s turn. See what each host had to say about Sterling, including what kind of animal he resembles, below:

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