In news that can’t really be a surprise to anyone, John Oliver is leaving the Daily Show for HBO. John did a fantastic job filling in for regular Daily Show host John Stewart over the summer and with his performance, you knew it wouldn’t be long until someone gave him his own show.
John will be getting his own weekly talk show on HBO that will launch in 2014. Said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, “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.”
The new show will be airing on Sunday nights and will be some kind of a topical comedy series. If you aren’t sure what that means, you are not alone. It more than likely means they don’t really have it all hashed out yet either as to what the new show is going to look like. I would think that they are not going to try and copy The Daily Show but you never know.
John Oliver had this to say about the news that he is leaving Comedy Central, “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.”
We will keep you updated as more news is known.