John Oliver Leaving 'Daily Show' to Host Weekly Comedy Series on HBO


John Oliver


The 'Daily Show With Jon Stewart' correspondent will make his debut on the topical weekly talk show in 2014.

After serving a guest host on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" last summer, John Oliver is getting his own show. The British funnyman will leave the Comedy Central late-night program to headline a new talk show on HBO.

Slated to air on Sunday nights beginning in 2014, the yet-to-be-titled topical weekly comedy series will take a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. It sounds similar to what Jon Stewart does on his "Daily Show", where Oliver has served as Senior British Correspondent since 2006.

"I'm incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," Oliver says in a statement. "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."

HBO president Michael Lombardo adds, "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. We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home."

Oliver achieved success as a stand-up comedian in the U.K. before relocating to the United States. His eight-week guest-hosting stint on "The Daily Show" got rave reviews, with some critics suggesting he should eventually succeed Stewart as host of "The Daily Show" or receive his own show.

Having a recurring role as Professor Ian Duncan on NBC's cult sitcom "Community", the 36-year-old actor has been tapped to host the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 41st International Emmy Awards Gala on November 25, at the Hilton in New York City.

© AceShowbiz.com


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