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Barney Frank won't be running for re-election in 2012: A sad week for politics (and television)

No matter what your personal and political beliefs may be, you have to hand it to Barney Frank: He made for some damn good television. Yesterday, the 16-term Massachusetts Democratic representative announced he won’t run for re-election in 2012. As CNN.com reported, Frank, who said he had planned to retire in 2014 and is leaving his post, in part, because the “district is very substantially changed,” also stated during a press conference, “I will miss this job.”

Of course, many will miss the 71-year-old right back. Namely, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Saturday Night Live, who had fun with the persona of the always-outspoken liberal. Check out some of the best Barney Frank moments from those shows, including his interview with Stephen Colbert in 2005 and a controversial SNL bailout skit, below: READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart reacts to the Jerry Sandusky interview -- VIDEO

There are certain instances when a news story can get the best of the typically poised Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Sometimes it’s when a story can hit a little too close to home (much like it did with the news of bin Laden’s death) and other times it’s when a story is so unimaginably horrific. But there are indeed times when Stewart can’t — perhaps, understandably so — keep his emotions in check. Such was the case last night when Stewart replayed Bob Costas’ interview with former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, who faces multiple counts of sexual abuses charges.

While he gave credit to Costas for not letting Sandusky — who did the interview over the phone (to which The Daily Show host quipped, “You might not want to literally phone in your defense on national television”) — off the hook by asking the tough, but necessary questions about his admission that he showered with young boys, Stewart didn’t let any of it slide either. From calling Sandusky’s bluff on the “horseplay” defense (“Are you f—ing kidding us?”) to questioning his choice in lawyer Joe Amendola (the defense attorney impregnated a teenage client in 1996, prompting Stewart to ask, “What kind of creepy guy club do you both belong to?”). But it was Stewart’s final declaration that really said it all: “Done!” Watch the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Today in Jon Stewart news: Host chats with Condi Rice about the Iraq War, dubbed a 'racist' by Donald Trump

Today in Who-Can-Play-Nice-With-Jon-Stewart-And-Who-Can’t News, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down with The Daily Show host for an in-depth, frank, open discussion on the heated topic that is the Iraq War, while former Owner of Human Hair Donald Trump blasted Stewart for a recent segment about Presidential candidate Herman Cain and declared him a “racist.”

Rice stopped by The Daily Show on Tuesday night to promote her book No Higher Honor, where, in addition to telling a great ice-breaking story about recently deceased Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (he had a notorious infatuation with her), had a nearly 20-minute conversation with Stewart about the Iraq War. In what could only be described as the rarest jewel in cable news programming (The Daily Show can win all the comedy Emmys it so richly deserves, but it’s also, most definitely, a news show): A level-headed talk between two opposing sides on a topic they’ll never fully reach an agreement on, but can, at the very least, state their case in a civilized manner. Watch all three parts of the fascinating, and yes, at some times, tense, interview below: READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart tackles Muammar Gaddafi's death -- VIDEO

Saturday Night Live, take note: This is how you approach the death of Muammar Gaddafi for a comedy program. During Thursday night’s installment of The Daily Show, which aired just a few hours after the news that the Libyan dictator had been killed by rebel forces, host Jon Stewart gave it his all for the opening segment. Stewart offered up, among other things, perspective on why Gaddafi was murdered (“You know why they shot him? ‘Cause they’re rebels”), analysis on the reaction from the media (including those controversial photos) and U.S. politicians, tips to dictators (his “Dic-Tip”, if you will) who go into hiding (for instance, unless you’re the Road Runner, don’t hide in a hole) and, perhaps most importantly, his awesome Fruit Ninja score to Hillary Clinton. Watch the full clip below. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart takes on Occupy Wall Street critics: Watch!

If you suffer from Daily Show Emmy fatigue, watch Jon Stewart’s nine-minute takedown of Occupy Wall Street critics on last night’s show, and you’ll remember that just because the show’s annual win is predictable doesn’t mean that it’s not deserved. READ FULL STORY

Seth MacFarlane has a feud with Jon Stewart?

During the taping for tonight’s Piers Morgan, the muckraking Brit sprang questions about a never-revealed war of war of words between guest Seth MacFarlane and The Daily Show anchor Jon Stewart. According to Morgan’s crack investigators, Stewart called the Family Guy creator up in 2008 after MacFarlane lampooned Stewart for continuing to air The Daily Show during the 2007 Writers Guild strike. MacFarlane described Stewart as “angry” and himself both “shocked” and “frustrated” during the hour-long the telephonic ambush. He explained, “I think [Jon’s] response was ‘Who the hell made you the moral arbiter of Hollywood?’”

When Morgan noted, “There’s a certain irony in Jon Stewart ringing up and haranguing you for mocking him, isn’t there?” MacFarlane responded, “If I say yes, he’ll crucify me on his show for a year.” MacFarlane, who admitted he was outmatched by Stewart’s phenomenal debate skills, was surprised Morgan even knew about the altercation, saying, “My publicist has forbidden me to talk about this ever since it happened.” See MacFarlane’s full account of the events — plus Morgan’s insatiable baiting — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'The Daily Show' reports on 'DADT' repeal: 'This isn't an army of one, it's an army of fun!'

Last night, The Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones gave a live — well, lively, really — report from “Afghanistan” covering the news of the historic repeal of the military’s controversial policy Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Drinking a tangerini and dressed in garb that host Jon Stewart could only refer to as “quite a getup,” Jones joked, “The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has turned our once proud armed forces into a camouflage-thong pansexual bacchanal.”

Actually, according to the report, not much, if anything, has changed — shower rape is still very much illegal, FYI — and Jones was the only one not wearing regulation ankle-length short shorts. As the correspondent explained, the announcement was being heralded in the armed forces as “No Duh, Tuesday.” As for the commanding officer who broke the news? It was Captain Obvious, of course.

Watch the full clip below and Cher… er, share your thoughts in the comments section! READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart blasts 'Newsweek' for Michele Bachmann cover

Oh, snap(shot)! Last night, Jon Stewart took Newsweek and its editor Tina Brown to task for the magazine’s… well, how should we put it?… uncomely photo of Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann (headline: “Queen of Rage”). After a package of clips of conservatives railing on the liberal news media’s built-in bias, Stewart pointed out just that via the Newsweek cover. “There is one thing that you can’t say about Michele Bachmann: That’s she’s not photogenic.” See Stewart describe Bachmann’s wide-eyed expression as looking like “the exact moment she sees the Amazing Robalto turn his hat into a dove” in the full clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Joel McHale to demonstrate the word 'prickly' on 'Sesame Street.' How perfect is that?

It’s season 42 of Sesame Street come Sept. 26 (check your local listings), and the guest list could not be hotter. Among those on tap: Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Robin Williams; up-and-coming actresses Emma Stone, Mila Kunis, and Amy Adams; Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Rico Rodriguez; Community’s Joel McHale and Ken Jeong; The Office’s John Krasinski; late night hosts Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O’Brien; musicians Elvis Costello and Bruno Mars; The Daily Show’s Samantha Bee and Jason Jones; The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki; funny guys Seth Rogen and Andy Samberg; Tony winner Sutton Foster; New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees; the New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony; and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. How’s that for variety?

Which guest appearance are you most psyched for? McHale, according to the caption on this photo, at some point, “demonstrates the word ‘prickly’ with the help of his cactus, pineapple and porcupine pals.” Yes, they look very friendly in this picture. I cannot wait. Sadly, we have no idea what Ferguson is demonstrating in the shot below of him with three chickens, but we love it. We’ve also got a surprisingly dignified portrait of Jeong with Elmo for you as well.  READ FULL STORY

Steve Carell says he's game for a 'Daily Show' reunion. Let's make this happen immediately!

It was a touching homecoming on last night’s episode of The Daily Show when former correspondent Steve Carell stopped by to promote his latest flick, the wonderful Crazy, Stupid, Love (much to Jon Stewart’s mock disappointment that Carell’s co-star Ryan Gosling couldn’t come by instead.)

Not only did it reunite Carell with his Papa Bear (“I miss you so much,” the actor/nicest-guy-on-the-face-of-the-Earth told the host) but there was something of a mini-Daily Show get-together as fellow alums Vance DeGeneres, Nancy Walls (Carell’s wife) and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders (who knew?) were also in tow. When Stewart told Carell — who likened visiting The Daily Show to “coming home” — they’ve been thinking of having a full-on Daily Show reunion to get the old gang back together, the star immediately replied, “I think that’s a great idea, I would love to.” In fact, Carell says he’d be up for doing anything, including a field piece. Check out Stewart’s intimate idea at the 4:10 mark of the full clip below, in which the two old pals also reminisce about Daily Show departure parties and Carell getting “fired” from The Office. READ FULL STORY

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