Popular writer and correspondent for The Daily Show with John Stewart on Comedy Central, John Oliver, has signed a deal to star in a new weekly topical comedy series on HBO.
This of course means that Oliver’s almost eight-year run on The Daily Show—which resulted in six Primetime Emmy Award nominations (winning three of them), five Writers Guild of America Award nominations (winning one of them), and a very successful (as you can tell) stint filling in as host this past summer when Stewart stepped away to make his feature directorial debut, Rosewater—will be coming to an end.
HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo made the announcement, saying:
â€œWe werenâ€™t otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on â€˜The Daily Show,â€™ 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.â€
Of the news, Oliver said:
â€œIâ€™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 â€˜The Daily Showâ€™ for the best seven and a half years of my life. But most of all, Iâ€™d like to thank Jon Stewart. He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, itâ€™s entirely his fault.â€
It’s not yet known when exactly Oliver’s new show will premiere, only that it will launch sometime in 2014.