Image Credit: Norman Jean Roy; Martin CrookJon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have reached separate deals with Comedy Central to stay in their late-night chairs through the next presidential election. Stewart’s deal keeps him hosting The Daily Show through June 2013, while Colbert is now committed to The Colbert Report through the end of 2012. South Park may have been the series that truly put the network on the map (and remains its most beloved scripted fare), but there’s no question Stewart and Colbert are what gives it its cred. In a PopWatch poll just last week, Stewart and Colbert were voted readers’ favorite late-night tandem, with 44 percent of the vote. Since Stewart took over The Daily Show in 1999, it’s earned 32 Emmy nominations, including a record seven consecutive nods for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. The Report has garnered 15 Emmy nominations since we were introduced to the word “truthiness” in 2005, including four consecutive nominations in that category.
Can you imagine a Comedy Central without Stewart of Colbert? Why would you want to?