John Oliver to leave ‘Daily Show’ for new HBO series

John Oliver’s temporary stint behind “The Daily Show” desk has paid off.

HBO announced Thursday that Oliver will be the host of a similar satirical news show starting in 2014. “I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now,” the 36-year-old British comedian told Deadline.com.

Oliver subbed during the summer for Jon Stewart, who took time off from “The Daily Show” to direct a film. Oliver thanked him and the show for seven years of support with a tongue-in-cheek jab. “If I fail in the future, it’s entirely his fault,” he said of Stewart.