That ‘Daily Show’ stint paid off: John Oliver gets his own show - on HBO

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HBO has poached comedian John Oliver to host a new weekly “topical comedy series” on Sunday nights starting in 2014.

Oliver has been a correspondent on Comedy Central’s late-night comedy news program since 2006, and filled in as host over the Summer when Jon Stewart took a leave of absence to direct a film.

HBO cites Oliver’s performance during the summer stint as the impetus behind the hire.

“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 president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”

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By airing on Sunday nights, Oliver won’t have to compete with his former employer. It also means the program will not be paired with HBO’s other weekly topical program, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” but rather its Sunday scripted programs.

“I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at ‘The Daily Show’ for the best seven and a half years of my life,” Oliver said in a statement. “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.”

In a statement provided to Capital, Oliver’s former cable home wished him well.

“‘The Daily Show” and Comedy Central have a proud tradition of identifying and developing some of the greatest comedic voices of this generation,” the statement from Comedy Central reads. “John Oliver is the next of a long line of 'Daily Show' alums that have moved on to do great things in the world of comedy. We wish him the very best.”

 

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