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Stewart and Colbert Ink Deals Through 2012

by Mike Scalise, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:00AM
And now, a moment of zen for late-night TV.

According to the New York Times, Comedy Central recently signed its two award-winning "fake news" stars -- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- to deals that would keep them on the air through 2012's presidential election.

"Jon and Stephen have established themselves not only on the cable landscape but also on the cultural landscape," said Doug Herzog, President of MTV Networks, which owns Comedy Central. "I think of myself as the manager of the '61 Yankees. I just wanted to keep writing Mantle and Maris into the lineup as many seasons as I can."Jon Stewart Stephen ColbertAnd now, a moment of zen for late-night TV.

According to the New York Times, Comedy Central recently signed its two award-winning "fake news" stars -- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- to deals that would keep them on the air through 2012's presidential election.

"Jon and Stephen have established themselves not only on the cable landscape but also on the cultural landscape," said Doug Herzog, President of MTV Networks, which owns Comedy Central. "I think of myself as the manager of the '61 Yankees. I just wanted to keep writing Mantle and Maris into the lineup as many seasons as I can."

With NBC-defector Conan O'Brien making his recent, highly-publicized move to TBS this fall, in the same time slot as 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' and 'The Colbert Report,' Herzog -- who spoke briefly about bringing O'Brien to Comedy Central once his NBC contract ended -- downplayed the signings as a scramble to maintain viewers. But he still acknowledged CoCo's effect on the new face of late night.

"We're big admirers of Conan here," he said. "Jon and Stephen do something different from what Conan does."

According to the deals, Colbert will remain at Comedy Central until Dec. 31, 2012, while Stewart will stick around for an additional six months. While Herzog didn't discuss salaries, he did express a dedication to keep the tandem on the network for even longer. "Of course we'd like to sign them for more years," Herzog said. "They are still growing."

All that's left now, according to Herzog, is "beating Conan" this fall. Ouch.

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