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'Daily Show' surprises John Oliver with goodbye tribute

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Jon Stewart tricked correspondent John Oliver on "The Daily Show" Thursday, December 19 into doing a fake segment about the Royal Family getting their phones hacked. Stewart casually put his foot on the desk and asked him how he thought the bit was going, because it all turned out to be a ploy get Oliver on the episode for his final "Daily Show". Oliver was surprised they were not doing a bit, to which Stewart replied,"There is only one British Royal I care about tonight and his name is Prince John Oliver."

The tribute featured 'best of'' clips of Oliver during his seven-and-a-half years at the show and started with a showcase of many cockney-accented characters, followed by a montage of him being comedically vulgar, then finally highlights from his reports in the field. The audience gave him a standing ovation. Oliver was moved to tears. After a heartfelt hug between Jon and John, they danced to the 'Carlos Danger' theme song referring to the Anthony Weiner pseudonym scandal from this past summer.

John Oliver filled in as host of "The Daily Show" for a few months this year while Stewart was on location in the Middle East directing a movie. His was so successful at the gig that he impressed the bigwigs at HBO and the offered him his own show. It will feature Oliver's take on current events and will follow "Real Time with Bill Maher". Thursday's "Moment of Zen" was a clip of the episode he hosted when Stewart was away when there was a power outage and Oliver led the audience in a sing-a-long of the theme song.


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