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John Oliver leaving 'Daily Show' for his own HBO program

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John Oliver hopes he gets free HBO along with his new show on the cable network.

John Oliver impressed HBO executives so much with his summer fill-in duties on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" that the premium cable network has given him his own show. But yes, that means Oliver will be leaving his role with Stewart and company.

"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 Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president.

Oliver, of course, had a more humorous take on his new role.

"I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," he said. "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."

The show has no announced title, but sounds a lot like "The Daily Show," HBO describes it as "a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events." It will debut sometime in 2014. The date of Oliver's last "Daily Show" appearance was not revealed.