Bad news, Daily Show fans. John Oliver is leaving to host his own show on HBO.
Apparently his stint as temporary host during Jon Stewart's summer hiatus convinced someone at HBO to give him a similar gig once a week. The network's official statement (via TIME):
HBO has signed John Oliver to star in a topical comedy series slated to launch in 2014, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics, and current events, 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," said Lombardo. [TIME]
No title has been announced for Oliver's new show. He leaves after seven years on The Daily Show on Comedy Central, where he also hosted a number of comedy specials.
"Most of all, I'd like to thank Jon Stewart," Oliver said in a statement. "He taught me everything I know. In fact, if I fail in the future, it's entirely his fault."
Here is a look at seven of Oliver's best Daily Show moments.
John Oliver takes a road-trip to Australia
John Oliver talks to the Tea Party in New Jersey
The Daily Show welcomes the royal baby
John Oliver breaks down 2008's vital "stupid vote"
President Obama's second, less enthusiastic inauguration
Sir Archibald Mapsalot III explains tensions in the Middle East
The foreclosed couple who foreclosed on Bank of America