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Jennifer Lopez defends lip-synching: 'All performers do it at some point' -- VIDEO

As lip-sync-gate rages on, Beyoncé still hasn’t responded to requests for comment or released a statement about whether her Inauguration Day vocals were live or pre-recorded. But either way, Bey can count on the support of her peers — i.e. fellow megastars who understand that sometimes, lip-synching is a necessary evil.

Jennifer Lopez didn’t exactly defend Queen B’s honor while visiting The Daily Show last night — but she did acknowledge that basically every musician has to rely on pre-recorded tracks in certain contexts. “You know, sometimes it happens,” she explained to Jon Stewart. “When you’re in certain stadiums and in certain venues, they do pre-record things.” She also cited Whitney Houston’s iconic “Star-Spangled Banner” as proof that even the greatest singers lip-sync sometimes — “All performers do have to do it at some point.”

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Jon Stewart vs. Stephen Colbert: Who had the best inauguration jokes? VIDEO

Comedy Central’s crack fake news team kicked off four more years of Obama jokes last night, when the president’s second inauguration provided a wealth of material for both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Jon Stewart began the evening with a discussion of the day’s main event: Michelle Obama’s awesome new bangs. He also hit on the inauguration itself — which featured an Obama screw-up that must have made Mitt Romney spit out his milk, George Stephanopoulos proving that all tall people look the same to him, and a presidential address that detailed “a healthcare plan designed to kill your white grandparents. Kill ‘em dead!” Pretty solid stuff, though not quite as notable as the fact that the show welcomed Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor just hours after she swore in Vice President Biden. (Someone give The Daily Show‘s guest booker a raise, stat.)

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Frank Ocean, 'Glee', 'Modern Family' among GLAAD Media Awards nominees

GLAAD revealed the list of nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Wednesday morning.

The awards, held annually in three ceremonies in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, recognize a variety of media including film, reality television, one-off television episodes, journalists, and print and digital pieces that represent “fair, accurate and inclusive” depictions of the LGBT community. Last year’s honorees included the documentary Bully, Dancing with the Stars, Beginners, and Modern Family.

Click past the jump for nomination highlights.

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Jon Stewart tackles gun control debate and Imaginary Hitler -- VIDEO

There ought to be a law against The Daily Show going on hiatus just when the political sh– really starts hitting the fan. The series aired its last episode of 2012 on Dec. 13; Newtown’s horrific school shooting came the very next day, spearheading the gun-control debate that’s since grabbed hold of the national news media. It wasn’t until last night — his second episode of 2013 — that Stewart finally got to weigh in on the issue, devoting two thirds of his program’s run time to a segment called “Scapegoat Hunter” — which detailed gun proponents’ reluctance to even entertain the notion that the United States needs stricter gun laws.

NRA head honcho Wayne LaPierre was a frequent target of the segment, as was Fox News host Mike Huckabee. And while Stewart made plenty of joking suggestions for ways to help curb gun violence — replace cool shooting sounds with goofy, cartoonish boings; have Woody Allen star in the next Bourne movie — he also got serious as the show’s first commercial break drew near: “We can dance around the issue all we want,” he said. “We can blame movies, or video games, or the mentally ill, or God. And it’s a complex problem, and all solutions have to be on the table. But it is time we talk about guns.” The host’s hoarse voice — the result of a winter cold — only gave more urgency to his words.

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Giggly Anne Hathaway on singing in a coffin during 'Les Mis' -- VIDEO

Even if you haven’t seen Les Misérables yet (What is wrong with you?) you’ve probably heard that Anne Hathaway is Oscar-worthy in her role as the doomed Fantine. Jon Stewart told her as much last night, when the “redonkulous” actress stopped by the Daily Show to promote the flick.

A giggly Hathaway shared some behind-the-scenes moments about filming her big number, “I Dreamed A Dream,” including the time when director Tom Hooper had her singing the song in a coffin. When Stewart teased her about the lack of gag reel moments from a film full of A-listers, Hathaway shared that during the filming of the finale, she tripped while climbing under the camera and laughed her way through the lyric, “Take my hand, I’ll lead you to salvation,” while Amanda Seyfried and a playing-dead Hugh Jackman struggled not to react.

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Jason Sudeikis talks about playing Mitt Romney on 'Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Jason Sudeikis, a.k.a. Vice President Joe Biden and presidential contender Mitt Romney, may be a master impressionist on Saturday Night Live, but the comedian is more concerned with showing the humanity in the politicians he plays than simply imitating their quirks.

Sudeikis stopped by The Daily Show last night and discussed the fine art of playing politicians. “You sort of get to see the human side of these people who you don’t normally get to see,” he said, citing a skit from last season in which he played Biden, who was jealous that President Barack Obama got all the credit for supporting gay marriage only after the vice-president voiced his stance, and a skit from last week’s episode in which he played Romney, who only had his family to turn to after losing the election. “The guy’s more human than we ever give him credit for,” he said about Romney.

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Jon Stewart on Petraeus scandal: 'I am the worst journalist in the world' -- VIDEO

Who could have seen General David Petraeus’s fall from grace coming? Well, anyone who watched Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell on The Daily Show last winter may have had an inkling that something fishy was going on — Broadwell spent seven minutes lavishing praise on her subject, hinting strongly that she and the director of the CIA were unusually close.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20. While interviewing Broadwell, Jon Stewart had no idea that the author was actually discussing her relationship with her adulterous lover on national TV: “The whole time, I was just staring at how defined her arms were and trying to think of another version of my classic ‘I’m an asthmatic old Jew’ jokes!” he exclaimed on The Daily Show last night. Clearly, says Stewart, he’s “the worst journalist in the world.” Good thing he’s got that whole “comedy” thing to fall back on.

Check out Stewart’s charmingly self-deprecating reaction to the scandal here:

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Election forecasting wizard Nate Silver takes a 'Daily Show' victory lap -- VIDEO

Is Nate Silver a witch? All signs point to “yes” — though he’s traded bubbling cauldrons and broomsticks for statistical models and pure reason.

After correctly predicting another presidential election with his patented FiveThirtyEight model, Silver is enjoying the sweet, sweet taste of mathematically ensured victory — which is all the richer for coming after high-profile detractors sniffed that Silver couldn’t possibly be as accurate as he was in ’08. On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart tried to encourage Silver to gloat, maybe by yelling something along these lines: “I AM NATE SILVER, LORD AND GOD OF THE ALGORITHM!” Since Silver abides by the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, he declined — though if you squint, you can tell he’s totally nursing a butterbeer hangover.

See Silver and Stewart discuss magic, arithmetic, and one of The Daily Show‘s favorite subjects (utter bulls—) below.

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Election 2012: From Brian Williams to Jon Stewart to Shep Smith, how each network covered the election

From Brian Williams on NBC to Shep Smith on Fox, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central to Katie Couric on ABC, EW took in every corner of the election coverage on Tuesday night (and early Wednesday morning). Here are the highlights!  READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert return to air, talk hurricane aftermath -- VIDEO

It’s been three days since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, and millions are still feeling its devastating effects. Manhattan below 39th Street is still without power; portions of New Jersey are still submerged; at least 62 people lost their lives in the storm. But at least the Eastern seaboard is taking small steps toward normalcy again. Case in point: Both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report returned to the air last night, broadcasting shows that took a sobering look at the damage Sandy caused… then found tasteful ways to joke about it.

New York City-born Jon Stewart kicked off the night by posing a poignant question: “Did you ever have one of those days where everything you loved as a child was under water?” His summarizing of the storm’s effects led to a bit that juxtaposed the post-apocalyptic wasteland of lower Manhattan with the still-operational Candyland that is Times Square — a place where people were also suffering, according to correspondent John Oliver: “My Book of Mormon seats tonight — obstructed view!” See the clip for yourself:

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