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Jon Stewart on John Oliver: "My preference would have been that I have him forever."

"Obviously, look, my preference would have been that I have him forever. But I also know that's not how it works here. We get these really talented people for a certain time until other people recognize that and go, 'Hey, why don't I pay him more and let him do it over here?'"

- Jon Stewart on his protégé John Oliver in a cover story for The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the April 27 premiere of his new HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Here's a Trailer for HBO's 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

In December, longtime correspondent John Oliver left The Daily Show to host his own political late night show for HBO. Called Last Week Tonight, it's set to premiere April 27th, and here's the first trailer for it. Oliver snagged Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell to be his head writer and Oliver had a very successful run as Jon Stewart's summer fill-in host last year, so expectations are definitely high for this one.

Watch John Oliver's Heartfelt 'Daily Show' Goodbye

After seven and a half years and tons of British jokes at his expense, John Oliver appeared in his final episode of The Daily Show last night, and Jon caught him off-guard with a surprise video retrospective and some thoughtful parting words. It isn't often we get to see this kind of sincerity on The Daily Show, but John definitely deserves it after his extremely successful run as replacement host this summer. Click through to watch the show's Oliver-focused Moment of Zen clip too.

John Oliver Can Explain Exactly How This Government Shutdown Happened

The Daily Show thrives when there's lunacy in Washington, so Jon Stewart and friends really have their hands full with this current government shutdown. Last night, John Oliver sat down with Jon to explain in precise, depressing detail, quite how this could be allowed to happen, and what ridiculous measures are necessary to fix things.

John Oliver to Reprise His Role on 'Community' This Year

John Oliver will be returning to Greendale Community College when the fifth season of Community returns to NBC this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Having completed his extremely successful summer hosting gig over at The Daily Show, Oliver will once again appear as Professor Ian Duncan on six episodes of the sitcom. Oliver originated his psychology professor in the pilot and was a recurring character for the show's first two seasons. A premiere date for the next season hasn't been set yet, but the show will begin airing in repeats on Comedy Central on September 20, making it the third John Oliver show on Comedy Central at the moment alongside [...]

CBS Offered John Oliver a Late Night Show Before He Went to HBO

It hasn't even been 24 hours since David Letterman announced his retirement from late night, but there's already an interesting update that sheds some light on what direction CBS might want to go with their next Late Show host. As reported by Vulture, Daily Show correspondent and substitute host John Oliver was approached last year by CBS to potentially take over Craig Ferguson's 12:30am time slot or another late night slot altogether, but Oliver ultimately chose to go with HBO to develop his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. While Oliver's obviously out of the running now, this update suggests that Jon Stewart and Stephen [...]

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' Premieres on HBO April 27th

In a press release today, HBO confirmed that John Oliver's new talk show, titled Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, is set to debut on Sunday, April 27th at 11:00PM, which will be the show's regular weekly time slot. Oliver snagged Daily Show head writer Tim Carvell back in December, and James Taylor (John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show) and Jon Thoday (Workaholics, Adam Devine's House Party) will also serve as executive producers. Click through to watch The Daily Show's John Oliver retrospective:

John Oliver Steals 'Daily Show' Head Writer Tim Carvell for His HBO Show

John Oliver's upcoming show now has its showrunner. Tim Carvell, who's been a writer at The Daily Show since 2004 and its head writer since 2011, has signed on as both showrunner and executive producer for Oliver's untitled HBO series set to air on Sunday nights next year, Variety reports. Carvell has written for MAD Magazine, McSweeney's, and The New York Times and won six Emmys for his work on The Daily Show, so Oliver couldn't have a better candidate to bridge the gap between his Comedy Central days and new HBO venture.

Thanks for the congrats on the new HBO job. We don't know much, [...]

'The Daily Show' Correspondents Were Determined to Break News Last Night

The Best F#@king News Team Ever hit the streets of New York last night to figure out just what the hell was going on, and as always, their reporting was second to none. John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, and Aasif Mandvi really gave CNN a run for their money.

Here's Jon Stewart's Return to 'The Daily Show' with John Oliver, Jessica Williams, and a Special Guest

Last night was Jon Stewart's first episode back on The Daily Show after he spent three months directing his first movie, Rosewater, in the Middle East. Here's how the show opened, with fill-in host John Oliver and correspondent Jessica Williams trying to get him ready for TV again, with the help of a special Daily Show alumnus.

Check out the episode's second segment, in which John Oliver gets Jon Stewart caught up about Carlos Danger and all the other news he missed this summer, below:

John Oliver Calls Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert the "High-Water Mark for Satire"

"One of the laziest stereotypes that British people have of Americans is that they don’t get irony. And that has never been true and it’s definitely not true now. … It’s very hard to make that case when Jon [Stewart] and Stephen [Colbert] are doing what they’re doing. They’re the high-water mark for satire now."

- John Oliver in a new interview with the Washington Post ahead of the premiere of his HBO show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which airs on HBO on April 27th.

John Oliver Rips On the High-Functioning Nerds at the Crunchies Awards

Apparently TechCrunch gives out tech industry awards every year called Crunchies, and not even two-time Crunchies Awards host John Oliver seems to understand what exactly they are. In any case, above is Oliver's opening segment from last night's 2013 Crunchies, in which he clobbers the audience full of rich, successful nerds (who paid between $80-$120 to attend) and sums up the ceremony perfectly: "It's like the Nobel Prizes being given out if Nobel Prizes were given out in an atmosphere of high school bitchiness."

John Oliver to Host a Weekly Comedy Show for HBO, Starting in 2014

HBO announced today that longtime Daily Show correspondent John Oliver will be hosting a new comedy show on the pay-cable network starting next year. Like The Daily Show, the untitled program will have a topical focus as Oliver looks at the week's current events. The untitled new show will air weekly on Sunday nights, and Oliver will be leaving The Daily Show for the new show.

"I’m incredibly excited to be joining HBO, especially as I presume this means I get free HBO now," said Oliver in a statement. "I want to thank Comedy Central, and everyone at The Daily Show for the best seven and a half years of my life. [...]

John Oliver Is Just Creepily Waiting Around for Jon Stewart to Leave Now

Here's a bit from last night's Daily Show in which Jon Stewart's segment about the new pope is interrupted by someone else looking to replace an old man at his job: John Oliver. Hopefully, John Oliver just spends the whole rest of his time on The Daily Show standing right behind Jon Stewart and talking in that creepy voice about replacing him.