John Oliver has turned his guest anchoring stint into a permanent anchoring gig.
The Comedy Central stalwart - who filled in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this summer and received raved revies in the process - is leaving his post as a correspondent and headinf to HBO.
He'll host a weekly comedy series on that network that will debut in 2014 and poke fun at various political and pop cultural events.
“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 president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”
Added Oliver, in a heartfelt/hilarious statement of his own:
“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.”