“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” last night not only marked the final show of 2013, but it also was an opportunity for longtime fans to say goodbye to someone who has been an integral part of the program now for over seven years: John Oliver.
From almost the moment that he started hosting the show earlier this summer to good reviews, the writing was on the wall here that Oliver would eventually realize that he was capable of hosting his own show. Then, the news came out regarding a move over to HBO for a Sunday-night comedy show that would be an evolution of sorts of what he had been doing here for so many years.
Oliver’s exit from the show last night was surprisingly emotional, starting from when Stewart decided to seeming trick the British comic into thinking that he was just going to be doing a trademark bit related to the Royal Family. Instead, he was treated to a montage of some of his best moments working on the show, some of his most-memorable segments, and also some jabs about him playing the same stereotypical British character on a number of occasions. It’s pretty clear that Stewart has a ton of affection for the guy, and he even sent him off with a brief dance to the “Danger” song that Oliver played often over the course of the summer anytime that Anthony Weiner was mentioned.
You will continue to see Oliver on “Community,” where he has a sizable arc coming up next year as Professor Ian Duncan, who he last played with regularity during the first two seasons of the show.
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