Relax, John Oliver’s not really quitting ‘Last Week Tonight’

It was all a joke. The host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” said Sunday that he’d achieved all he’d wanted for the show by having an Australian animal hospital’s special ward to treat a chlamydia outbreak among koalas named for him. He said, “goodbye, forever, everyone,” as stagehands broke up his set around him.

That inspired a wave of social media posts among fans wondering if he was serious.

No. It’s a comedy show, after all. HBO said Monday that he’s scheduled to be back on the air next Sunday.