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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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