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NBC's New Boss is Courting Jon Stewart

NBC's New Boss is Courting Jon Stewart

The news: NBC's new head of programming, Ben Silverman, recently wined and dined Jon Stewart and his agent, saying that if everyone's favorite "news"man ever became free, he'd be interested in doing business.

Could it happen? Quite possibly. Stewart's "Daily Show" contract is up in 2008. NBC should have an open late-night slot in 2009 if it goes through with its plans to have Conan O'Brien take over "The Tonight Show." Though late night seems like the most obvious place for Stewart, NBC also could try wooing him for prime time.

The good: Jon Stewart on network TV = more Jon Stewart for everyone. Plus, a late-night lineup of Conan followed by Jon would be amazing.

The bad: While Stewart wasn't the original host of "The Daily Show," he built it into must-see TV, and I have a hard time imagining the show without him now.

The bottom line: Any change is a while off at this point — plenty of time for more talks and for Comedy Central to groom a "Daily Show" correspondent to take over if Stewart did decide to leave.


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looooongjacket looooongjacket 9 years
i would love jon stewart to be on network tv. i LOVE the daily show though...i can't imagine not having my stewart/colbert fix...
mme-sky mme-sky 10 years
Jimmy Fallon said on Howard Stern yesterday that NBC is paying him to NOT do any other late night gigs b/c they want HIM to take over for Conan --- weird.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 10 years
actually i heard they want jay to stay and give conan and out with $40 mil and have jon replace conan.
Hautie Hautie 10 years
Such a bad idea. Network TV just ruins really funny guys like Stewart. Next thing you know he is just another hack comic on NBC. *cough*Leno*O'Brein*cough* Comedy Central has a huge advantage over network simply cause they don't interfer with the Daily Show and their writers. Look what happen to Bill Maher at ABC! Please... John.... stay on Comedy Central where you get to mock NBC without limits.
xxbrittney xxbrittney 10 years
I totally agree with sweetheart cause that was the first thing I thought of when I heard this news earlier - he'd have so many restrictions! It wouldn't be as liberal as Comedy Central lets him and that's what makes the show the hit it has become
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
I really hope Jon stays at Comedy Central. Regardless of what time NBC puts him on, he would still have major restrictions. A lot of his appeal would be lost without him being able to do/say whatever he wants. And really, what would be the point in giving up the freedom he already has at CC? Becoming the next Conan O'Brien is not something to strive for. The man's show is horrible and he is seriously unfunny. Jon should stay put, "The Daily Show" and Comedy Central is the perfect spot for him. Network television would ruin what we have all grown to love so much about him.
Phil Phil 10 years
Ben Silverman is making some excellent moves as the new president of entertainment! NBC seems to be invigorated and hopefully that translates next season. I'd like to see what he gets accomplished come the 08-09 season when he really dives in. A lot of what's happened with the 07-08 season seems to be the doing of the Kevin Reilly regime. The new lineup is pretty lackluster save the Heroes spinoff and the hour long episodes of The Office. And possibly lipstick jungle.
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 10 years
Oh YES! A Conan/Jon late night line-up would be superb!
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