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The HBO announcement to commission two more series of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, has ended rumors that the comedian may replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

John Oliver launched Last Week Tonight in 2014 after seven years as one of Jon Stewart’s sidekicks on The Daily Show.

He was mentioned as a possible new Daily Show host after Jon Stewart announced last week that he is to stand down.

The new HBO deal means John Oliver will present 35 episodes of Last Week Tonight per year in 2016 and 2017.

The announcement comes three days after his late-night chat show won the Writers’ Guild of America award for best comedy/variety series.

John Oliver rose to fame after joining The Daily Show as its Senior British Correspondent in 2006.John Oliver and Jon Stewart Daily Show

In 2013, John Oliver stood in for Jon Stewart for eight weeks while the host was shooting a film. John Oliver received positive reviews, with some critics suggesting he should eventually succeed Stewart.

Other possible contenders to replace Jon Stewart include Tina Fey, Jessica Williams and Amy Poehler.

“We are incredibly proud to have John as part of the HBO family,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said.

“His unique ability to deliver socially significant commentary week after week, along with his innate comedic brilliance, puts John in a class by himself.”

In the first season of Last Week Tonight, which ended last November, John Oliver covered topics including net neutrality, Uganda’s anti-LGBT laws, Miss America, climate change and civil forfeiture abuse by the police.

The second series of 35 episodes began earlier this month. The show is produced by the US arm of Britain’s Avalon Television.

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Jon Stewart is leaving Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after 16 years.

The show host made the announcement on last night’s edition.

“This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host, and neither do you,” said Jon Stewart, announcing his decision to step down from The Daily Show.

Jon Stewart joined the nightly news satire in 1999 as a stand-up, but leaves as one of America’s most listened-to political commentators, and a bête-noire of the conservative establishment.

His departure leaves a big hole in the show, and Comedy Central will be relieved that Jon Stewart has yet to set an end date.Jon Stewart quits the Daily Show in 2015

Speaking on the show last night, Jon Stewart said his contract runs out in September, but his final show “might be in December, might be July. We’re still working out details”.

The most likely candidates to replace Jon Stewart on the show – Steven Colbert and Larry Wilmore – have recently taken new jobs, effectively ruling them out of the running.

Here are some of the other possible runners:

  • The Daily Show‘s youngest reporter, Jessica Williams is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the comedy “improv” troupe set up by Amy Poehler.
  • The Daily Show‘s “senior British correspondent” John Oliver
  • The show correspondent, Canadian comedian Jason Jones
  • Comedy Central star Amy Schumer
  • Chris Rock
  • SNL’s Michael Che
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