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John Oliver Leaving Daily Show to Launch ‘Topical Comedy Series’ on HBO

It was only a matter of time. John Olivers widely-respected gig as fill-in host for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show this past summer has landed him his own show, to be shown on HBO starting next year.

In a press release Thursday, the premium cable channel announced they have signed Oliver to star in a “topical comedy series slated to launch in 2014.” The weekly show will debut on Sunday nights.

“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,” HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo said. “We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home.”

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” Oliver said in the release. “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.”

Oliver joined The Daily Show as “Senior British Correspondent” in 2006, and rose to much wider prominence during the summer of 2013 when he hosted the show for eight weeks while Stewart was filming his directorial debut in the Middle East.

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