John Oliver Leaving Daily Show to Host 'Topical Weekly Comedy Series' at HBO
John Oliver is greener pastures-bound.
The actor-comedian is leaving his longtime perch at The Daily Show to headline a topical weekly comedy series at HBO, to launch in 2014. The program — which will air on Sunday nights — will take a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. (Sound familiar?!)
“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.”
Added Oliver: “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.”