Jon Stewart Signs to Keep His Day Job
The satirist, 40, who is often mentioned whenever there's talk of a network late-night host vacancy, has quietly extended his contract with the cable network so that he will continue to host the comic newscast "The Daily Show" through next year's presidential election, said Bill Hilary, the network's general manager.
Terms of the deal are being kept under wraps, but the compliments aren't.
"He's very important to us, and it's a flagship show," Hilary said Thursday. "We're really pleased that we were able to do this."
According to Hilary, "The Daily Show" has boosted its audience by 10 percent over the past year, mostly among viewers aged 18 to 34 who previously had shown very little interest in topical humor.
Then again, the news has been so much more interesting lately.
And, speaking of other news, former football player and Court TV personality O.J. Simpson, 55, said Thursday he won't be the star of a reality TV show, as has been widely speculated, but might consider becoming a news commentator for actor Robert Blake's murder trial.
"There's no plans in the Simpson family to have any cameras coming in our house," Simpson told AP from his Miami home. "I'm not looking to do anything. I don't have agents out there looking for something for O.J."
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