John Oliver promises most "memorable interview in the history of television"

The comedian has got some big shoes to fill on "The Daily Show"

Published June 7, 2013 8:35PM (EDT)

John Oliver   (HBO)
John Oliver (HBO)

Not long after Jon Stewart bid a temporary farewell to "The Daily Show" last night, interim host John Oliver stepped in and announced some tongue-in-cheek changes to the satirical news program. "It's still going to be everything you love about 'The Daily Show,' just without the thing that you love most about it," he wrote in GQ.

Among the promises, he says he'll deliver the most "memorable interview in the history of television":

I promise you I will do everything in my power to get Her Majesty the Queen as a guest. If I can't get her, I will try to get Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen. If that doesn't work, I'll get Senator Mitch McConnell and have him dressed as either the Queen or Helen Mirren. If any one of those works out, I guarantee you will see the most awkward, borderline treasonous, yet memorable interview in the history of television.

Even if that's slightly hyperbolic, we're going to hold him to it.

By Prachi Gupta

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