John Oliver is leaving The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to host his own show on HBO, it has been announced.
The British comedian joined The Daily Show in 2006 as a writer initially then became their “Senior British correspondent”.
Oliver hosted the programme over the summer this year when Jon Stewart temporarily took a departure from hosting duties to direct his own feature film.
John Oliver’s new HBO show will be a Sunday night news programme starting in 2014. He says he’s “incredibly excited”:
“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”.
His stint hosting The Daily Show over the summer was a huge success so this in no doubt helped him get this new HBO programme.
Tongue-in-cheek, Oliver joked “I presume I get free HBO now”.
Before becoming a mainstay on The Daily Show, he started his career on the standup circuit in the UK – leading to multiple appearances on BBC satirical news programme Mock The Week.