Jon Stewart handed over the keys to his “Daily Show” kingdom to contributor John Oliver Thursday night, as Stewart embarked on an eight-week hiatus.
“I’m getting a massive plastic-surgery makeover,” Stewart joked at about nine-and-a-half minutes into the show. Of course, that’s not true. The real reason Stewart, 50, is stepping away from his show for the summer: He’s directing his first movie, a film called “Rosewater.”
“I can assure you [that] the show will be much classier while he’s hosting,” Stewart said of Oliver, 36, who’s a “Daily Show” regular.
Stewart will reportedly be on-location in the Middle East to make the movie. It is about a man, Maziar Bahari, who was imprisoned by the Iranian government in part because of his participation in a “Daily Show” segment filmed in Iran.
In talking about the transition to Oliver for the summer, Stewart provided some background on “Rosewater,” and how he came to be involved in it. Basically, the movie is an adaptation of a memoir Bahari wrote about his ordeal called “Then They Came For Me.”
Stewart even showed the Maziar Bahari segment, which was first seen on “The Daily Show” in 2009. The segment happens to be an all-time “Daily Show” classic.
The part of Thursday’s show in which Stewart turns the show over to Oliver comes at the very end of the show, above. Incidentally, if you’ve been following the story about the introduction of a bike-share program in New York City that has become a lightning rod for complaints by city residents, then you won’t want to miss the first nine minutes of Thursday’s show in which Stewart deals with the bike-share story hilariously.