Jon Stewart ready to join HBO

Posted at 3:09 PM, Nov 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-03 17:14:25-05

Former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart has agreed to a four-year contract with premium cable network HBO, joining former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver at the network, the network announced Tuesday.

The emphasis for Stewart will not be to produce a nightly television show like he did on Comedy Central. Instead, Stewart will use the Internet to provide brief clips of content. According to HBO, Stewart will produce timely content for HBO Now, the company's digital product and will be refreshed multiple times a day.

“Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me. I’m pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again," Stewart said in a statement.

Stewart spent 16 years as "The Daily Show" host. He stepped down earlier this year and was replaced by Trevor Noah. Stewart will be reunited with Oliver, who left Comedy Central in 2013 to host his own weekly show on HBO. 

HBO said additional projects involving Stewart will be announced once they are confirmed.  

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs.