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Jon Stewart taking hiatus from 'Daily Show' to direct film

The network said Tuesday that correspondent-writer John Oliver will host the fake news show for the eight weeks of original episodes scheduled during Jon Stewart's hiatus.

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    Jon Stewart, winner Outstanding Varety Series for 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,' poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Sept., in Los Angeles.
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Comedy Central says Jon Stewart will take a break from "The Daily Show" starting in June to direct and produce his first feature film.

The network said Tuesday that correspondent-writer John Oliver will host the fake news show for the eight weeks of original episodes scheduled during Stewart's hiatus. The British-born Oliver has been a "Daily Show" regular since 2006.

Stewart is expected back in the anchor chair shortly after Labor Day, Sept. 2.

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The film, titled "Rosewater," was written by Stewart and is based on a book by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari.

London resident Bahari was falsely accused of being a spy and imprisoned by the Iranian government in 2009 while covering Iran's presidential election. Before being jailed, he was interviewed in Iran by "Daily Show" correspondent Jason Jones.

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