Jon Stewart has made his name as host of “The Daily Show”. Now comes news that this summer he is leaving! Not to worry, it’s only for 12 weeks. Why is he leaving? Because he is set to direct the feature film “Rosewater”, which he also wrote. it’s an adaptation of Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. which  chronicles the harrowing journey the BBC journalist had to endure when he left London to cover Iran’s presidential elections in 2009. Maziar Bahari ended up being captured and tortured for 118 days.

Scott Rudin (“Moonrise Kingdom”) will help produce. John Oliver will take over hosting duties in Stewart’s absence.

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