Jon Oliver leaves The Daily Show, will start new series on HBO
Fans of The Daily Show will surely miss the comedic stylings of funny man Jon Oliver, but they won’t have to say goodbye to him completely. Oliver has been a “correspondent” on the long-running late-night show since 2006, but will try something new next year. Oliver will be hosting his own topical comedy series on HBO, that show is slated to launch in 2014 and will run on Sunday nights.
This is no bout a direct result of when Oliver spent two months filling in for Daily Show host Jon Stewart, Stewart was filming a movie at the time. “We weren’t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver added. “I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life. 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.”
We look forward to his work.