Thursday, March 5, 2015

John Oliver to host weekly show on HBO, leaving 'Daily Show'

Over the summer, Jon Stewart took a hiatus from Daily Show hosting duties and passed a temporary torch over to frequent, and crowd favorite, correspondent John Oliver.

John Oliver to host weekly show on HBO, leaving ‘Daily Show’

John Oliver on "Daily Show."
John Oliver on "Daily Show."

Over the summer, Jon Stewart took a hiatus from Daily Show hosting duties and passed a temporary torch over to frequent, and crowd favorite, correspondent John Oliver. For months the U.K.-native delivered us some of the year’s most noteworthy news; which offered a different and interesting perspective on American politics.

John Oliver didn’t just impress TV viewers during his short hosting bat, he also piqued the interest of the folks over at HBO. “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 Programming President Michael Lombardo.

Hollywood Reporter was first to break the news late Thursday that the comedian would be moving over to the cable network for a weekly series that “will present a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.” The show is set to debut in 2014 and will air on Sunday evenings.

This means John Oliver will be leaving Daily Show. He first joined the Comedy Central staple in 2006.

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