Since taking the mantle of The Daily Show from Craig Kilborn back in 1999, Jon Stewart has largely been credited with transforming Comedy Central’s irreverent fake news show into an Emmy-winning, irreverent fake news show with more respectability and viewership than most actual news programs.
Which begs the question—what will a Jon Stewart-less Daily Show be like? And before you answer, get off that ledge, it’s only temporary.
Deadline reports that Stewart will take a 12-week hiatus from his hosting duties this summer in order to work on his feature film directorial debut, Rosewater. Written by Stewart, the project is an adaptation of the book Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity and Survival by Maziar Bahari. Published in 2011, the book documents BBC journalist’s Bahari’s harrowing time as a prisoner-of-war in an Iranian prison.
British comedian and Daily Show correspondent John Oliver will take over Stewart’s hosting job in the interim.