Report: Jon Stewart To Take Hiatus From ‘Daily Show,’ John Oliver To Serve As Guest Host

Jon Stewart will take a 12-week hiatus this summer to direct his first feature film, according to a report Tuesday in Deadline New York.

The report indicated that Stewart will use the time off to direct “Rosewater,” which is based on the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival.

Written by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy, the 2011 book details Bahari’s experience leaving London in 2009 to cover the Iranian presidential elections. In Stewart’s absence, “The Daily Show” will be anchored by John Oliver, a veteran contributor to the Comedy Central program. Oliver will serve as guest host for “eight weeks of fresh shows,” according to the report.

The report did not say when Stewart’s hiatus will begin. 

Late update: more details on what Stewart will be doing here