John Oliver to Leave Daily Show to Host New Talk Show for HBO

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John Oliver to Leave <i>Daily Show</i> to Host New Talk Show for HBO

Following in the footsteps of countless others that got their start on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show (Steve Carrell, Rob Riggle, Rob Corddry etc.), John Oliver will leave The Daily Show to host a new comedy talk show on HBO, according to Deadline.

Premiering in 2014, Oliver’s show will follow a similar format to the Daily Show, giving a satirical take on current events and politics. “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 executive Michael Lombardo.

Oliver stated, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now. 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.”

Oliver’s show will air alongside HBO’s other political-satire Real Time with Bill Maher, who also hosted the Comedy Central show Politically Incorrect.