“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 Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “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,” said Oliver. “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 an award-winning writer and a The Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent since 2006. Among the honors he’s received are three Primetime Emmys, a Writers Guild Award, and the Breakout Award at the Aspen Comedy Festival.
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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