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WATCH: Charming 'Daily Show' Host John Oliver on Charlie Rose -- "My Responsibility Was Not to Destroy the Machine in 3 Months"

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 15, 2013 at 1:09PM

A star is born. Brit John Oliver has scored good reviews as he's filled in over the summer on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show." (Stewart has been occupied directing his first feature, "Rosewater.") On the August 12 airing of "Charlie Rose," Oliver came off as humble and self-effacing as he explained the inner workings of the show, the well-running machine -- "finely tuned by Stewart" -- and how it gets to be a finished project every week.
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John Oliver on "The Daily Show"
John Oliver on "The Daily Show"

A star is born. Brit John Oliver has scored good reviews as he's filled in over the summer on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show." (Stewart has been occupied directing his first feature, "Rosewater.") On the August 12 airing of "Charlie Rose," Oliver came off as humble and self-effacing as he explained the inner workings of the show, the well-running machine -- "finely tuned by Stewart" --  and how it gets to be a finished project every week. 

Oliver, usually the Senior British Correspondent for the show, notes the one time he felt the audience was specifically looking to Stewart's guidance was the day of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting and killing of teen Trayvon Martin (watch Oliver's hilarious yet appropriate handling of the news below). He felt he wasn't who the audience was looking for. Also, more humorously, as a Brit he's not trained for talking at length to other human beings. He's been trying not to read the online commentary -- Stewart warned him to ignore the chatter.

His final episode as host is August 15. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.