HBO announced that Jon Stewart has signed a four year deal with the network and both parties are excited about what they will do together.
Jon Stewart, 52, recently retired from The Daily Show. His 16-year tenure as host of The Daily Show saw the show win 23 Primetime Emmy Awards, and the former host gave a heartfelt speech as he accepted the last of the awards at this year’s ceremony.
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He has been replaced by Noah Trevor whose grace and poise were appreciated by Stewart. He told his fans as he said goodbye that they will never have to see him again.
Many fans were sad and disappointed from this announcement. Luckily for them, HBO contacted the ex-host and have got him to sign a four-year production pact with the network. The news of the deal was announced Tuesday.
This pact will kick start the next phase of Stewart’s career, beginning with short-form digital content on HBO Now and HBO Go and including a first-look option for other film and TV projects in the future. The initial reports of Stewart’s work with HBO has come out.
He will first be working with the network, and graphics company OTOY Inc., to create "timely short-form content" that will appear on HBO’s streaming platforms.
While talking about his upcoming tenure, Stewart aid that he’s excited to be working with Richard Plepler, Michael and the entire HBO family. He said appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke him. He said he’s pretty sure he can produce a few minutes of content every now and again.
“I’m so excited to be working with Richard [Plepler], Michael and the entire HBO family,” says Stewart. “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.”
President of HBO programming Michael Lombardo also had great words to say about their latest teammate, Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on The Daily Show. Remembering that Stewart appeared on the network nearly 20 years ago, they’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.
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“Jon Stewart led a revolution that changed the face of TV comedy on the ‘Daily Show,’” said Lombardo. “He graced our network nearly 20 years ago, so we’re thrilled to welcome back his immense talents in this next chapter of his career.”