Comedy Central has extended its contract with Jon Stewart to host and exec produce “The Daily Show” for two more years, through 2010.
“I love doing this show,” said Stewart, whose Busboy Prods. produces not only “The Daily Show” but also the nightly “Colbert Report” and “Important Things With Demetri Martin,” scheduled to kick off next summer.
Stewart’s extension with Comedy Central takes him out of the running, at least in the short term, for the latenight shuffling expected to occur among the Big Four nets in 2009 with NBC’s “Tonight Show” hand-off from Jay Leno to Conan O’Brien. That opens up O’Brien’s 12:35 a.m. “Late Night” slot on the Peacock. Meanwhile, David Letterman’s deal to host “Late Show” for CBS also runs through 2010.
Since Stewart took over as host of “Daily Show” on Jan. 11, 1999, the series has chalked up 24 Emmy nominations and has won five consecutive Emmy Awards for variety, music or comedy series. It ranks consistently as one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated series.