Jon Stewart and HBO have reached an agreement that will have the former Comedy Central host creating original content for the next four years. The deal was reached this week and will start off with Stewart producing short form digital short form content.
Stewart recently retired from his gig as host for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, but it seems as though he can’t stay away for too long. He hosted the late night news show, which took a comedic look at current events, from January of 1999 until August of this year. Trevor Noah took the reigns as host once Stewart stepped down.
This new deal with HBO will start with him partnering up with OTOY Inc, a cloud graphics company, in order to create a new type of technology that will allow him to put out short-form digital content that will air on HBO Now.
Jon Stewart and HBO are not strangers, however, as the comedian first appeared on the premium network over 20 years ago in a stand-up comedy special. He also frequented other shows such as Mr. Show with Bob and Larry, The Larry Sanders Show, and even hosted a special on George Carlin.
Stewart stated in a press release from HBO, “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.”
HBO is also very excited to have Jon on their network in the near future; John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight, was a former correspondent on The Daily Show, and even hosted for a stint while Stewart took time off to direct his first feature film, Rosewater.