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Jon Stewart, the 14 year host of "The Daily Show," is taking a temporary leave of abscene from his hosting chair.
Stewart will be taking a break from the Comedy Central staple for 12 weeks over the summer according to The Hollywood Reporter. The website also confirmed that Stewart's duties will be handled by "Daily Show" correspondent Jon Oliver during the absence.
Fans should not fret that Stewart is giving up his satirical musings on all things political. The host is merely stepping down to make his feature directorial debut with the historical drama "Rosewater," for which he also wrote the screenplay.
The story an adaptation of BBC journalist Mazir Bahari's book "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" (co-wrtten with Aimee Molloy). Bahari's memoir chronicles his arrest and 118-day imprisonment following the Iran presidential election in 2009.
Born in Iran but eductaed in the West, Bahari was only supposed to be in Iran for a week to cover the election and had left his pregnant wife behind in London. Bahari was arrested while in his mother's home in Tehran.
The journalist has appeared on "The Daily Show" three times and the Iranian government accused him of being a spy partially based on his first appearance on the comedy show. See the clip below.
Known for his razor-sharp comedic take, Stewarts says that while the movie will not be a comedy, it will contain some humerous moments.
“One of the things that appealed to me about the story is that it does have lighter moments,” Stewart told The New York Times. “One of the things that kept Maziar alive was his ability to keep his sense of humor – to remember about joy and laughter – and see the absurdity of his situation.”
The film came about due to Stewart's friendship with Behari after his appearances on the show. "It just kind of happened," he Stewart said in the Times article.
"Rosewater" is expected to commence shooting overseas in June.