"It's a Shanda! Jon Stewart Abandons His Roots (Formally)"
June 19, 2001
by Jessica Ricci


Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz wants to officially change his name. This probably won't cause too much confusion in his life, since most Comedy Central viewers already know him as Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show.

According to a petition filed today in Manhattan Supreme Court, Stewart has chosen to make the change official because "he has used the name 'Jon Stewart' in his business endeavors and personal life exclusively for many years . . . ."

Still, with his references to Simchas Torah and chronic indigestion, Stewart hasn't exactly kept his ethnic roots a secret. When 60 Minutes recently asked him why he switched from Leibowitz, he explained: "Sounded too Hollywood."


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