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Jon Stewart Taking Daily Show Hiatus for Directorial Debut in "Rosewater"

The Daily Show will not be the same without host Jon Stewart who announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 that he'll be taking a hiatus to make his directorial debut of the self written drama "Rosewater." The fifty year old television personality who forged his way as a stand up comedian to become one of the more influential satirists of the decade has not yet determined when his eight week leave from the hit Comedy Central show will occur. Execs have tapped John Oliver, a British comedian who serves as a correspondent to the show, as a stand in for Stewart.

Stewart's announcement included details regarding "Rosewater," the $30-$40 million dollar film as it takes a temporary precedence over the Emmy winning show. Stewart
revealed that he wrote the script for the film based upon Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari's arrest and imprisonment in Iran during the highly disputed and largely protested election of 2009. The script serves as a film adaptation of Bahari's "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival" and includes horrific details of Bahari's experiences while imprisoned for 118 days. Stewart and his hit show's were partially involved in Bahari's imprisonment following a fake correspondent interview which was later used against Bahari within Iranian court systems when he was tried for espionage.

Of the film, Stewart offered via phone interview: "One of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves and I really connected to Maziar's story [following Maziar's 2009 appearance on the Daily Show]. It's a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free."

Stewart will begin directing the screen play in June and miss a minimum of eight to twelve weeks of filming original episodes of The Daily Show.

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