John Oliver Is Leaving The Daily Show to Host His Own "Topical Comedy Series" on HBO


This summer, when Jon Stewart took some time off from hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show to direct a movie, Emmy Award-winning Daily Show correspondent John Oliver bravely stepped in to keep Stewart's chair warm and the show on the air. Viewer response was overwhelmingly positive—and rightly so, because Oliver did a great job—and now HBO has decided that it would like to start a feud with Stewart by poaching Oliver to host a weekly satirical news series to debut on Sunday evenings in 2014.

I don't normally include quotes from press releases in stories like this, because they're usually not all that funny or exciting and obviously I think I'm better/funnier than everyone else anyway, but Oliver's comments about joining the HBO team made me laugh (good start, John!) so I wanted to share them with you all:

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.

I would like to echo Oliver's sentiments and state that I, too, learned everything I know from Jon Stewart and The Daily Show. As such, any of my future failures can be blamed on Stewart as well. I look forward to learning a lot about current events from both men in 2014.

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Will you miss John Oliver on The Daily Show? Would you pay for HBO just to watch his new show?


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Dec 20, 2013
I won't miss him all that, mostly because of him sitting in for Jon Stewart. A lot of it was really repetitive, and the way he reduced the interviews to almost monologues (with him doing the talking for his guest and telling their stories) was intensely annoying.
But I do hope he does well on his own show, I will check it out.
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Dec 05, 2013
Certainly a loss for the Daily Show which will be less a great "Analyst" in the future but John totally deserves this chance to do well on his own and no doubt will add a great and sharp new voice to the satirical news show circle. Congrats and best of British luck to you.
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Nov 16, 2013
I'm both sad and happy. Sad to see him go but happy for him and for the new show which will undoubtedly be great.
I first stumbled onto The Daily Show when Jon was called upon in his function as Senior Hitler Comparison Analyst back in 2008. Great fun.
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Nov 15, 2013
Good for John Oliver did excellent job this summer. I see big things for him.
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Nov 15, 2013
I guess it is a tie, even though when i think of John Oliver's role in Community it could push him a little futher than Jon Stewart. But in since this article are about The Daily Show, more than it is in a total, I think it is a tie.
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Nov 15, 2013
I can't say that his hosting stint was a success but he's always been good as a correspondent (and on Community of course) so I'm pretty excited about this.
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Nov 15, 2013
Fantastic news, Oliver really deserves it.

What kind of poll is that by the way? With no option for "I root for both of them", how can I vote :-)
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Nov 15, 2013
I've been watching The Daily Show for a couple of years now, and I got a few things from John Oliver's stint as host: I didn't realise the end tag was 'Your moment of zen' until Oliver said it, because Jon Stewart tends to mumble it; Oliver was great and deserves his own show; and since Jon Stewart returned, I feel the show has been less than its best.
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Nov 15, 2013
I wish John Oliver great success, he's hilarious and one of my favorite stand-ups today. I won't be able to enjoy his show, unfortunately, as I'm too cheap to get HBO and don't download illegally. I love Jon Stewart, but his schtick has grown a little weary for me as of late, his beats predictable, so I kinda prefer Oliver on this vote.
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Nov 15, 2013
I totally agree. I especially feel like the show has been sub par in the last few weeks. I can't explain it, but something's been off.
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Nov 15, 2013
HBO has Bill Maher.

John Oliver seems to be a lot more liberal than Jon Stewart and his interviews weren't so much interviews as much as expressing his far left views.

I found him rather annoying.

By now, even Jon Stewart is only good in interviews. The rest of the show he's way too 'goofy'.

Anyway, I much prefer Steven Colbert and Bill Maher.
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Nov 15, 2013
Interviews are the worst part of TDS. Stewart just sucks up to his guest for 7 minutes.
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Nov 16, 2013
He doesn't suck up to most guests. Really, the last one I remember was Malala.
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Nov 15, 2013
Never cared much for him as a correspondent. But, I happen to find the correspondents too obnoxious most of the time. I even hated Steve Carell when he was one and I looove Steve Carell. But Oliver completely won me over during his hosting stint. He dialed it back a bit, came off more humble and likeable, and cranked up the self deprecation. Very impressive! Good move for Oliver and HBO.
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Nov 15, 2013
I really can't wait. I would have liked him to stay on comedy central but they are running out of late night time slots and @Midnight isn't bad.

It will be interesting to see what he comes up with. He had some fantastic interviews when he was filling in for Stewart.
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Nov 15, 2013
Good for him. I think The Daily Show will be fine without him, and his show will be a hit on HBO.
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Nov 15, 2013
Good for him, and The Daily Show has a strong enough pool of correspondants to survive
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Nov 15, 2013
The Daily Show meets Bill Maher, I suppose. Too bad I don't get HBO anymore. Hope he does well.
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