Jon Stewart will serve as guest host for
CBS' Late Late Show With Tom Snyder Oct. 21-25, but
everyone up the food chain at CBS insists this isn't Stewart's
tryout as permanent host.
"Tom Snyder can do The Late Late
Show as long as he wants to,'' David Letterman said through
a spokesman Monday. It was the strongest show of support yet
from Letterman, who clearly anticipated the inevitable speculation
that Stewart is in line for Snyder's job.
Letterman's World Wide Pants production
company produces Snyder and recently signed a deal to develop
shows with Stewart. When the Stewart deal was signed, some
late night TV observers speculated that the former MTV and
syndicated talk show host eventually would inherit Snyder's
12:30 a.m. ET/PT gig. Stewart could challenge NBC's Conan
O'Brien for young viewers and advertising dollars.
Letterman fanned the speculation when he
confessed to Larry King earlier this year that there were
questions about Snyder's performance.
But in a show of congeniality, Stewart was
the guest on Snyder's show Friday night. The two joked like
old pals. And Stewart says he's knee-deep in a deal to make
films for Miramax, and any project with Letterman is still
in the early talking stages.