HBO has renewed Last Week Tonight With John Oliver for two more years. Sorry to anyone still holding out hope that the former Daily Show correspondent would jump ship after his contract with HBO ended later this year. The deal will call for two additional seasons, each consisting of 35 episodes, to air through 2017. Last week Jon Stewart announced that he will step down as host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart later this year. Many fans instantly hoped that John Oliver would return to Comedy Central to take over.
Last Week Tonight‘s first season has received approval from viewers and critics alike, taking home a trophy from the WGA Awards over the weekend. The British comedian kicked off his second season earlier this month, rivaling Stewart when it comes to water cooler-worthy video clips. The renewal from HBO definitively takes Oliver out of the conversation for potential Daily Show hosts, a conversation that has been ridiculously far-fetched thus far. Unfortunately for Comedy Central, John Oliver was probably the best possible replacement for Jon Stewart. But as Viacom Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog told The Huffington Post, “[Oliver] already has a job.” And he’s been quite good at it thus far.
Check out Oliver’s latest stellar main story from Last Week Tonight below.