June 7th, 2013
06:20 PM ET
Jon Stewart hosted his last "Daily Show" episode until September on Thursday night, and his temporary replacement, the comedy show's John Oliver, helped send him off.
Before that, Stewart explained what prompted his decision to make a movie based on the book, "Then They Came For Me," by journalist Maziar Bahari.
The book recounts Bahari's three-month detainment in Iran while covering the nation's 2009 presidential elections, and has been turned into a movie called "Rosewater" by Stewart, who wrote the script and will direct the feature this summer.
"I consider it a really great honor that Maziar is trusting me to tell his story, and I just hope dearly that I don't screw it up," Stewart said. "I'm checking in with Johnny Oliver throughout the summer to make sure he's feeding my plants and watering my children. He's going to be incredible, and I can't thank enough the crew here and the staff here for covering for my sorry ass all these months while I've been working on this. I'll miss you far more than you'll miss me."
But in Stewart's last moment of zen, Oliver couldn't resist cutting in.
The summer host of "The Daily Show," who'll take his seat on June 10, joked with GQ that he understands some will see this is an opportunity not to watch the show, but if they don't they'll miss out on his "big changes."
"There are some people who watch NASCAR for the highly skilled driving—but most people watch it for the crashes," Oliver said. "Yes, it's amazing to watch Jon Stewart in complete control of The Daily Show, but don't tell me you wouldn't also be entertained by watching me drive it into a wall."
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