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Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 4:58PM EST
John Oliver on his Dustin Hoffman confrontation: "I guess I don’t feel like I accomplished much"
“My goal was to nudge Dustin Hoffman toward self-reflection. And I don’t feel I did that at all," the Last Week Tonight host tells The Washington Post of grilling the famous actor on a film panel last fall. Months later, Oliver says he still couldn't believe that Hoffman was unwilling to engage in any soul-searching. "Many men have followed (the #MeToo movement) and thought about things they’ve seen in the workplace or things they’ve said or done in the workplace," Oliver adds. "If you’re not being self-reflective this is just passing you by. And I was genuinely shocked by the lack of any kind of self-reflection on Hoffman’s part.”
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 2:12PM EST
John Oliver on his Dustin Hoffman confrontation: “I’m surprised he turned up in the first place"
“It felt like he should have been aware that he was going to have to answer to this," the Last Week Tonight host said in a press conference this morning when asked about confronting the iconic actor on the sexual misconduct allegations against him. "I’m staggered that he would think that I wouldn’t bring it up. I don’t know how little you would have to think of me.” He added: “The first person who got to talk to him was going to have to ask him the first questions about it. Unfortunately, that was me. But if it wasn’t, it was going to be someone else.” ALSO: Oliver vows AT&T's purchase of Time Warner won't change his show.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 7:20PM EST
NBC Nightly News interviews three of Dustin Hoffman’s accusers
Anna Graham Hunter — the first Hoffman accuser — Cori Thomas and Kathryn Rossetter sat down with Cynthia McFadden on Monday’s NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, marking the first time any of the legendary actor’s accusers have spoken on TV.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 1:12PM EST
Alec Baldwin defends his tweet complaining about late-night shows becoming “grand juries”
In a series of tweets and on Megyn Kelly Today, Baldwin said that the sexual harassment allegations against Dustin Hoffman shouldn't be conflated with Harvey Weinstein's reported sexual misconduct, which is why he didn’t like John Oliver's grilling of Hoffman. “I want to see the people who really did something get convicted," Baldwin told Megyn Kelly. "I want the people who are wrong, I want them to be punished. But I don’t want to see innocent people get hurt either." On Twitter, Baldwin explained in a series of tweets, “I believe that, in terms of a criminal code or any wrong doing, there are gradations. Our system recognizes a misdemeanor from a felony and so forth. What Hoffman did several years ago was vulgar/offensive/ crude. But was it done with malice?.. behavior has changed significantly over the past 40-50 years. There are changes I never thought possible. Some of it actually for the better. But I’m certain Hoffman believed that there was a crude display of ‘humor’ that everyone was in on yet is unacceptable today”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
Alec Baldwin complains that John Oliver and Stephen Colbert have turned their shows into “grand juries”
“Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc. Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries,” Baldwin tweeted this morning. The tweet, which apparently was sent out of outrage over Oliver’s sparring with Dustin Hoffman, is puzzling since Oliver doesn’t usually conduct celebrity interviews on Last Week Tonight. Baldwin's tweet also comes less than a week after Oliver appeared to take a "veiled shot" at Baldwin's Trump impression. ALSO: Michael Rapaport calls Oliver a “selfish f*ck” for his treatment of Hoffman.
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 9:36PM EST
Terry Crews points out that Dustin Hoffman’s agent is the same guy who allegedly groped him
In several "ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS" tweets this afternoon, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star also noted that the National Enquirer’s top editor, Dylan Howard, who’s now accused of sexual misconduct, is the same guy who threatened him with a false prostitute story.
Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
John Oliver and Stephen Colbert are leading the way in asking celebrities uncomfortable questions about sexual misconduct
The Last Week Tonight host’s “squirm-inducing” questioning of Dustin Hoffman last night isn’t the only case of a late-night host asking awkward questions about sexual harassment. Colbert also didn’t hold back when recently questioning Ben Affleck about his relationship with Harvey Weinstein and his own alleged sexual misconduct. "A film panel isn’t the usual place to have this kind of discussion, so the awkward exchange between the actor and the late-night host raises a question: When is a good time and place to ask about these kinds of allegations? And is a comedian the right person to do it?” asks Stephanie Merry. “Increasingly, late-night hosts who get coveted access to big-name stars are asking tough questions. No longer can A-listers assume that their publicity rounds will include easy conversation and goofy guessing games. Ever since Jimmy Fallon launched a thousand angry tweets by tousling Donald Trump’s hair, late-night hosts have had to pivot away from being simply entertainers. These days, as sexual misconduct dominates the cultural conversation, they have to be gatekeepers of accountability, too.”
Posted Monday 12/04/17 at 9:35PM EST
John Oliver and Dustin Hoffman got into a heated argument over sexual harassment
The Last Week Tonight host was moderating a film panel on the 20th anniversary of Wag the Dog tonight when he questioned Hoffman over his alleged sexual harassment of an intern on a TV movie set more than 30 years ago. “All hell has now broken loose on this Wag The Dog panel,” tweeted Washington Post reporter Steven Zeitchik. “The subject seemed over after seven minutes but Hoffman brought it up again, saying Oliver is not keeping an "open mind" and is unquestionably believing accusers, and a testy five minutes followed.”
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
Governors Awards, a prelude to the Oscars, featured Dustin Hoffman -- but no talk of Hollywood sexual harassment scandal
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ black-tie event Saturday night included everybody from Steven Spielberg to Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie and Tom Hanks. Yet there was no mention of the Harvey Weinstein scandal on stage. Accused sexual harasser Dustin Hoffman was greeted with applause, though the moment was uncomfortable, says Adam B. Vary, who adds: “The disconnect pointed to an industry still reeling to grasp a sense of its own center, and, perhaps, eager to escape the explosive headlines that have consumed Hollywood, if only for one night.”
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 6:18PM EDT
Director defends Dustin Hoffman against sexual harassment claim, saying he was “a kidder” on set
Volker Schlondorff, director of the 1985 CBS TV movie Death of a Salesman, downplayed Anna Graham Hunter's allegations that she was harassed by Hoffman as a 17-year-old intern on set. The German filmmaker says that calling Hoffman a "predator is simply going too far. He added that everybody, including Hunter, gave Hoffman foot massages and if there was any groping, “there was “nothing lecherous about it…He was teasing the young, nervous interns, mostly to make them feel included on the set, treating them as equals to all the senior technicians."
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 2:11PM EDT
A TV producer is the second person to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment
Genius producer and Reign writer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis says she was a playwright in her early 20s in 1991 when Hoffman, then 53, allegedly propositioned her during two professional meetings at his office. A spokesman for Hoffman declined comment. Hoffman was accused yesterday of sexually harassing a 17-year-old intern on the set of CBS’ 1985 Death of a Salesman TV movie, for which he apologized.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 2:48PM EDT
Dustin Hoffman apologizes after being accused of sexually harassing a 17-year-old intern on the set of CBS’ 1985 Death of a Salesman TV movie
Anna Graham Hunter recounted that “Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed me when I was 17” in a Hollywood Reporter article published this morning. “He was openly flirtatious, he grabbed my ass, he talked about sex to me and in front of me,” she wrote. In response, Hoffman released a statement saying: “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation. I am sorry. It is not reflective of who I am.”