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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.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:21AM EDT
HBO is now blocked in China following John Oliver's segment on Chinese censorship
Source: New York Daily News
All mentions of Oliver's name were removed in the wake of Last Week Tonight's segment that mocked Chinese President Xi Jinping. Now HBO.com is 100% inaccessible to Chinese users.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 1:11PM EDT
John Oliver is now censored in China after mocking Chinese censorship
Source: The New York Times
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, Oliver spent 20 minutes delving into Chinese censorship, even bringing up the censorship of Winnie the Pooh because President Xi Jinping's critics have likened him to the cartoon character. Oliver even had kids sing about the resemblance, which Slate predicted "will surely be banned in China." According to the The New York Times, Oliver's name has been censored on the major social media platform Weibo. "Attempts to create posts containing the words 'John Oliver' on Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform, resulted in an error message on Thursday saying the post may violate 'rules and regulations,'" reports The Times' Tiffany May from Hong Kong "Quite a few posts mentioning Mr. Oliver were visible on the platform, but none referred to the China episode, and the most recent had been posted a few days before it aired."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden are the Top 3 late-night hosts based on YouTube performance
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to "the new math" of YouTube subscribers and views, Fallon, Corden and Kimmel are in the Top 3, while cable stars Conan O'Brien and John Oliver round out the Top 5. ALSO: Watch eight late-night hosts joke about the North Korean summit at the same time.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Emails show FCC "spread lies" about a fake cyberattack after John Oliver directed his fans to flood its commenting system
Source: The Daily Dot
The FCC's commenting system crashed after Oliver's Last Week Tonight stunt in support of neutrality last May, but the FCC blamed a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks for the impairment. According to Gizmodo, which obtained FCC documents through the Freedom of Information Act, "as it wrestled with accusations about a fake cyberattack last spring, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) purposely misled several news organizations, choosing to feed journalists false information, while at the same time discouraging them from challenging the agency’s official story."
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Jon Stewart defends Samantha Bee, warns that "we mistake cultural power for power"
Source: The Daily Beast
"They don't give a sh*t about the word 'c*nt,'" the former Daily Show host said of the White House's reaction to Bee, his longest-serving correspondent, calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" on her Full Frontal show. Stewart made his comments Sunday night in a Q&A at Comedy Central's Clusterfest in San Francisco, where he seemed to imply that Bee shouldn't have apologized for using the C-word, according to The Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein. Stewart said there is nothing anyone can do to “make them give up this ‘We’re the real victims’ game,” because, “it’s a game, it’s a strategy, and it’s working.” Before that, according to Wilstein, Stewart spoke about feeling "oddly culpable" for perpetuating the notion that his nightly Daily Show monologues eviscerating the right had more power than they actually did. “We mistake cultural power for power," he said. According to Wilstein, Stewart said while he took “great cathartic satisfaction” in the segments he did on that show, he also recognized that “there is a corrosive thing that happens to you when your life is based on impotent rage.”
- Samantha Bee plans to address the "feckless c*nt" backlash on her show Wednesday
- Bee's Full Frontal executive producer Miles Kahn was proud that "feckless c*nt" was trending
- John Oliver alluded to Bee's controversy on Last Week Tonight, saying of Neil DeGrasse Tyson: "What is wrong with you, you feckless – oh, never mind, it’s not worth it. Bad idea"
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
John Oliver enlists William Shatner, Rita Moreno, Lily Tomlin and other beloved senior citizens to warn about the guardianship scam
Source: The A.V. Club
Cloris Leachman and Fred Willard also appeared in the Last Week Tonight public service announcement warning elderly people about scammers who prey on the elderly by becoming their guardians against their will.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Royal wedding was watched by 29 million Americans and 18 million British viewers
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding topped Prince William and Kate Middleton. But Harry and Meghan's wedding had the advantage of airing early on a Saturday morning, when viewers didn't have to prepare for work or school. William and Kate married early on a Friday morning in April 2011. About 29.2 million watched the ceremony across 15 networks. Around 18 million watched the wedding in Britain, becoming the most-watched broadcast of the year. ALSO: John Oliver mocks the royal wedding on Last Week Tonight.
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
John Oliver freaks out his fans by saying "goodbye forever" to Last Week Tonight
Oliver is signed on to do his HBO show through 2020, but he decided to "pack up" his show after Russell Crowe sponsored a koala chlamydia ward in his name. "We’ve achieved a koala chlamydia ward, so there’s nothing left for us to accomplish," said Oliver.