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Jon Stewart to return to the host's chair for new Apple TV Plus series

More than five years after bowing out as host of The Daily Show, Stewart is returning to TV with a current affairs series that will explore topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work.

Series to explore topics of national interest alongside Stewart's advocacy work

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart will return to television as host of an Apple TV Plus public affairs show, the streaming service said Tuesday. (Phil McCarten/Invision/The Associated Press)

Jon Stewart is returning to TV, more than five years after bowing out as host of The Daily Show, and with a new home at Apple TV Plus.

Stewart will host an hour-long, current affairs series that will explore topics of national interest as well as his advocacy work, the streaming service said Tuesday.

He has been a passionate supporter of military veterans and 9/11 first responders, last year pressing Congress to approve legislation to help the latter and their families. He and his wife, Tracey, are animal rights proponents.

The series is expected to debut in 2021 — so if Stewart wants to weigh in on a presidential race, as he often did on his long-running Comedy Central show, he'll have to wait until the 2024 contest.

Each season of the show will have a companion podcast to "continue the discussion," Apple TV Plus said. The platform also has a deal with Stewart and his production company that gives it first shot at other projects.

Stewart — writer and director of the recent film Irresistible with Steve Carell and Rose Byrne — is also an executive producer for CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Stewart will be an executive producer along with host of his new Apple TV Plus show, with the title yet to be announced.

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