03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jon Stewart Drops Out Of Hosting Gig

With writers and producers still at loggerheads, Jon Stewart has pulled out of an entertainment gala -- only it's not the Oscars.

The comedian has withdrawn from a hosting gig at a Paley Center fundraiser honoring Viacom chieftain Sumner Redstone under circumstances that might be related to the 3-month-old labor stoppage.

The invite for the black-tie event Thursday at the New York Waldorf-Astoria, sent out several weeks ago, proclaims the Redstone event and announced Stewart, who hosts a show owned by Viacom's Comedy Central, as the evening's emcee.

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