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Posted Friday 1/18/19 at 7:23AM EST
John Oliver's Marlon Bundo book sent to anti-LGBTQ school where Karen Pence teaches
It was revealed earlier this week that the second lady got a new job teaching art at a private Christian school that could refuse refuse admission or discontinue enrollment if a student or parent's behavior supports or condones "homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity. In response, The Trevor Project sent 100 copies of Last Week Tonight's A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. The copies of the book, about a gay bunny, came with a "heartfelt note" urging the school to change its student and employee policies.
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 3:41PM EST
John Oliver's Last Week Tonight kicks off Season 6 on Feb. 17
Oliver's late-night HBO show has been on hiatus since completing Season 5 on Nov. 18.
Posted Monday 12/17/18 at 9:24PM EST
John Oliver takes a break from vacation for a special Last Week Tonight "Brexit Update - UK Edition," featuring Gilbert Gottfried
Watch Gottfried read obscure Brexit provisions and Bigfoot erotica.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 7:37AM EST
John Oliver rips HBO's parent AT&T for supporting "white nationalist" Steve King
Source: The Daily Beast
On Friday evening, AT&T's employee PAC publically announce it would no longer be making contributions with Iowa Rep. Steve King due to his white nationalist associations and views. “So the news really shouldn’t be ‘these companies bailed on him’ so much as ‘they were OK with him for a <i>shockingly long time,’” said Oliver on Last Week Tonight. “Although of course AT&T didn’t catch on to King’s white nationalism—picking up on clear signals isn’t exactly their forte!” ALSO: Oliver makes fun of NBC's Megyn Kelly mess.
Posted Monday 10/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
John Oliver goes after Fox News for pushing "false flag" theories over pipe bomb scare
Source: The Daily Beast
“It has been a time for sober reflection—or, if you’re Fox News discussing those package bombs, a time for wild speculation,” said Oliver on Last Week Tonight. “Because before the suspect was even arrested, they were giving airtime to a truly ludicrous theory.” ALSO: Fox Business Network pulls Lou Dobbs Tonight episode after guest's George Soros conspiracy theory in wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
John Oliver mocks the Instagram antics of TV news anchors David Muir, Chris Cuomo and Mika Brzezinski
The Last Week Tonight host went especially hard on Chris Cuomo, who constantly provides cringe-inducing behind-the-scenes video of him going after his producer and lifting weights while sweating and grunting. In response, Oliver announced his own Instagram challenge, called "#letsnotgetafterit."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 1:07PM EDT
John Oliver devoted his entire show to Brett Kavanaugh
Last Week Tonight broke its typical format to allow Oliver to delve deeply into the Kavanaugh hearings for nearly half an hour.
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 8:02PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain wins a posthumous Emmy for Parts Unknown
Bourdain's CNN series took home two Emmys at the Creative Arts Awards, including Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program and Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program. UPDATE: Parts Unknown took home six total Emmys.
- Apple takes home its very first Emmy, for Carpool Karaoke
- Netflix's Queer Eye reboot wins its first Emmy for structured reality series
- Wild Wild Country wins for documentary/non-fiction series
- The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling wins for documentary/non-fiction special
- John Oliver's Last Week Tonight wins best writing for a variety series for the third year in a row
- W. Kamau Bell's United Shades of America wins best unstructured reality program
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Apple, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Last Week Tonight, Queer Eye, United Shades of America, Wild Wild Country, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, John Oliver, W. Kamau Bell, Emmys
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Investigation finds that John Oliver caused FCC's comment system to crash -- not a cyberattack, as was alleged
The FCC kept sticking to its story that a cyberattack caused its electronic commenting system to crash last year. But the FCC's inspector general concluded that the system crashed due to an influx of comments thanks to Oliver's Last Week Tonight segment on net neutrality.
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
John Oliver slams HBO's new owner AT&T over its "dogsh*t" customer service hotline
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Last Week Tonight host used a segment on the "inadequate" criminal justice system to take a shot at AT&T, saying: "It's built on the exact same model as AT&T's customer service hotline. That's right. AT&T: new owners of HBO, longtime owners of an unforgivably dogsh*t customer service hotline."
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
John Oliver devoted nearly 30 minutes last night to workplace sexual harassment, including an extended interview with Anita Hill
Last Week Tonight spent 29 minutes of its expanded 39-minute runtime last night on the timely topic of workplace sexual harassment, which resurfaced in the news Friday due to Les Moonves' CBS sexual misconduct scandal. The segment concluded with a lengthy interview with Hill, who famously accused then–Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. “We’ve seen a lot of men say that they are absolutely terrified to be alone with a woman now. Should they be scared?” asked Oliver. “Not if they’re not harassers,” said Hill. "(False claims) are so rare, and it seems to me that we don’t need to make rules around the things that rarely happen until we’ve finished up making rules around the things that are happening regularly.”
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
John Oliver: “It still feels like we’re evolving and learning" in Season 5 of Last Week Tonight
Oliver told critics at the TCA press tour that he’s come to understand the importance of “realizing what our staff is capable of” in challenging them a maximizing their potential. “We want to push them," he said. "We haven’t fully hit stable cruising altitude. We spend part of our week in various stages of controlled panic.” ALSO: Oliver says he tries to prevent President Trump from "cannibalizing the show."
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
John Oliver releases a new compilation of Last Week Tonight's unused graphics
Watch makeup be applied to a fish in the third volume of the HBO show's "Lost Graphics."
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 9:49AM EDT
John Oliver's gift of Russell Crowe's jockstrap couldn't stop an Alaska Blockbuster store from closing
Two of the last American Blockbuster video stores, both located in Alaska, will shut their doors soon, leaving the last remaining store in the video rental chain in Oregon. In May, one of the Alaska Blockbuster stores put Crowe's jockstrap on display from the movie Cinderella Man that Last Week Tonight paid $7,000 for at the actor's "Divorce Auction" to help the store stave off streaming services. It's likely that the jockstrap will end up back in the possession of Last Week Tonight.
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 1:55PM EDT
HBO shows are still available in China, but HBO.com and Last Week Tonight are blocked
Following John Oliver's mockery of President Xi Jinping and his Chinese censorship, HBO's website and Oliver's show were banned, as well as Oliver's name on the social media platform Weibo. But HBO shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld are still accessible via Tenecent's streaming platform. HBOAsia is also still accessible.