Jon Stewart inks comedy deal with HBO — just in time to take part in 2016 election craziness
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The beloved comic and retired Daily Show host Jon Stewart will be returning to the air soon, just as the 2016 election cycle is in full swing, CNN Money reports.

Stewart has signed on with HBO to produce short-form digital content, the cable station announced Tuesday, and the project is expected to go live early next year. HBO will also have first dibs on any television or film projects Stewart embarks on.

HBO boasts another successful spoof news show, Daily Show alum John Oliver's Last Week Tonight.

Stewart retired from hosting the Daily Show on Comedy Central in August and has been replaced by South African comedian Trevor Noah.

He was tight-lipped about the deal with HBO, saying in a statement,"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."

CNN Money reports that HBO has had its eye on Stewart since he announced his retirement.

"We would love to find a way to work with somebody as brilliant and gifted as Jon. Love to," CEO Richard Plepler had said in August.

Since retiring, Stewart has hosted WWE sessions and helped his wife Tracey launch a rescue for abused farm animals.