John Oliver turned some heads this summer when he filled in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. I thought he did an amazing job and I expected John to either get his own show on Comedy Central or somewhere else. Looks like he’s going to have a “topical” comedy show on HBO in 2014 so can’t wait for that!
Oliver caught the cable giant’s eye this summer, when he spent two months filling in for Daily Show host Jon Stewart. “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.”