Much was made about Jon Stewart’s retirement from The Daily Show earlier this year, and with good reason. Stewart become the voice of reason for a generation of politically apathetic millennials and helped define the “news as comedy” genre that saw people like Stephen Colbert and John Oliver follow so admirably in his footsteps.
Trevor Noah took over Stewart’s role on The Daily Show when he stepped down, but the former host didn’t stay “retired” long.
On Tuesday, Home Box Office (HBO) announced they has signed Stewart to a four-year contract. While there has been no official announcements made about what, exactly, Stewart will be doing on HBO, the contract does make reference to “short-form digital content” and allowing Stewart to “view current events through his unique prism.”
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If you’re wondering why he bothered to leave TV, only to come right back mere months later, you can bet that a lot of it has to do with scheduling. Rather than being a part of a show that airs five days a week, Stewart will likely be able to take his time and produce content the way he wants, potentially including special events rather than regularly scheduled programs.
Stewart isn’t the first Daily Show alum to make his way to the premium cable network. John Oliver currently hosts Last Week Tonight on Sunday evenings on HBO.