Jon Stewart Partners With HBO

The four-year deal includes "topical short-form digital content."

Looks like comedian Jon Stewart's respite from the world of political satire is coming to an end.

The former "Daily Show" host just finalized an exclusive four-year production pact with HBO, according to a company press release on Tuesday.

Stewart's first project will be producing "topical short-form digital content" for release on HBO's digital on-demand services, HBO Go and HBO Now, and the pact "includes a first-look option for other film and TV ventures," according to the release.

Stewart is best known as the long-running host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," the network's flagship late-night political satire program. Stewart hosted the show from 1999 until his departure in August of this year.

"Appearing on television 22 minutes a night clearly broke me," Stewart quipped. "I'm pretty sure I can produce a few minutes of content every now and again."

"The Daily Show" won nearly two dozen Emmys during Stewart's tenure, including three this year. The show served as the inspiration for similar satirical news shows, including spin-off "The Colbert Report," starring former "Daily Show" correspondent Stephen Colbert, and HBO's own "Last Week Tonight," starring John Oliver, also a "Daily Show" alum. Stewart has worked with HBO in the past, albeit briefly, as the host of the 1997 special "George Carlin: 40 Years of Comedy."

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