John Oliver to host weekly satirical show on HBO

The "Daily Show" correspondent impressed network execs when he sat in for Jon Stewart this summer


Prachi Gupta
November 15, 2013 2:55AM (UTC)

It turns out that John Oliver was wrong when he said that guest-hosting "The Daily Show" this summer was probably not "going to change my life," because HBO has announced that Oliver will be leaving "The Daily Show" to host a topical, weekly satirical series on HBO next year.

Oliver wowed HBO execs (and critics) this summer, when he served as interim host for Jon Stewart, who was away to film a movie. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo wasn't "otherwise searching for another weekly talk show," but upon seeing Oliver in action, "we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO," said Lombardo.

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"I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," Oliver joked. "I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at ‘The Daily Show’ for the best seven and a half years of my life," he added. "But most of all, I’d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault."

The show's title and debut date have not yet been not announced.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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