Jon Stewart has been hosting The Daily Show for nearly 20 years, but according to New York magazine, the Comedy Central host was aggressively courted to be the next Meet the Press host by NBC. While Chuck Todd has been the Sunday news show anchor for the last month, three "senior television sources with knowledge of the talks" told NYMag that NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart to take over the show first:
One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything" to bring him over. "They were ready to back the Brinks truck up," the source said. A spokesperson for [...]
After just over three months of working as a Daily Show correspondent, Michael Che made his final appearance last night in a bogus news segment that turned into the perfect farewell from Stewart and the rest of the Daily Show correspondents. Stewart even sang a beautiful song while a reel of Che's not-so-many Daily Show memories played on a screen above.
The Daily Show now has its very own podcast. Comedy Central unveiled the premiere episode of The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart today, which will take Daily Show fans behind the scenes of the show with writers, producers, and correspondents and, as the title suggests, be a Jon Stewart-free podcast. Current head writer Elliott Kalan and correspondent Jessica Williams host the first episode with producer Sara Taksler, writer Jo Miller, and veteran Daily Show writer J.R. Havlan as guests. New episodes will premiere every week with rotating hosts; head over to The Daily Show's website to catch the first episode.
During last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart covered the news that Rupert Murdoch apparently wants to buy Time Warner, though CNN would have to be sold off due to the media mogul's ties to Fox News. Stewart jumped on the opportunity by announcing his $10 billion "Let's Buy CNN" Kickstarter campaign complete with a fake website full of prizes. If you've ever dreamed of being featured in a "CNN 21 box," you can now make that a reality for a mere ten dollars.