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Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
John Oliver: “We pick up the immensely depressing relay baton" of news from late Thursdays through Sunday
What the Last Week Tonight host has come to realize is that all the late-night shows, except Jimmy Fallon, are finished with their week by Thursday evening. "So anything from like 5 o’clock on a Thursday probably falls to us, unfortunately,” he says with a laugh. “We pick up the immensely depressing relay baton. By the time Seth Meyers is done taping, we’re like, ‘F*ck, now it’s us.’” (It should be noted that Saturday Night Live also covers the news on weekends, but it's only on 21 weeks a year to Last Week Tonight's 30 weeks. And unlike SNL, Last Week Tonight doesn't take summer off.) ALSO: Is John Oliver a journalist, despite his protests?
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:35PM EST
John Oliver: Jimmy Kimmel inspired me to talk about my son's premature birth
"I very rarely do anything like that, because I'm emotionally very closed in, but I was so staggered by what Jimmy Kimmel had done, and I was so floored by how brave and how funny he was and how cathartic it was to me," Oliver said of talking about his wife's difficult pregnancy and son's premature birth on Last Week Tonight last June. "My instinct in going through a very difficult period after that pregnancy was the British way: not to talk about it at all and to bury it and hope it all goes away. But it felt like such an incredibly generous thing to do (for Kimmel) to share that experience, it was really meaningful to me because it kind of made me feel like through the anxieties and stresses, that you're not going through that alone."
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 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
John Oliver releases his official trailer for Last Week Tonight Season 5
Watch Oliver get distracted in the promo for his HBO show, returning on Feb. 18.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Stephen Colbert helped create Scripto, the application of choice for left-leaning news-comedy shows
Colbert first introduced Scripto while working on The Colbert Report because TV news-comedy shows had become reliant on another application that TV newsrooms around the world used, but wasn’t flexible enough for a comedy news show. Now Scripto is used on a bunch of TV comedy-news shows, from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight to Robin Theade’s The Rundown to Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
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 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 Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
Samantha Bee and John Oliver’s shows are neighbors, so she engraved a note to him under his desk
Full Frontal and Last Week Tonight film in the same studio. But Bee tells Seth Meyers, “we never really cross paths that much, but I did actually, I did engrave something in his desk. And I don't know if he knows that. I took like a knife, I guess I was randomly holding a knife, and under his desk somewhere it says like, ‘Sam Bee was here.’”
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 Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:27AM EST
Did John Oliver take a veiled shot at SNL by saying “it’s easy to do bad comedy” about President Trump?
Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday, the Last Week Tonight host slammed comedy that hews closely to Trump’s own words — something that, as Matt Wilstein points out, happens frequently with Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression on Saturday Night Live. “It’s easy to do bad comedy, because you just need to repeat what he says,” said Oliver. “And that’s not a joke, that’s repetition. Whereas comedy, especially if you want to try to do something that’s not just happening online all the time, is an effort.”
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 9:19PM EST
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is taped at CBS — did he and/or his staffers know about Charlie Rose’s off-air behavior?
For years, Oliver’s HBO show highlighted Rose’s weird sexual banter on CBS This Morning in recurring “And Now” segments. Last Week Tonight happens to film at CBS’ New York Studios, and Oliver would occasionally visit CBS This Morning to tease the co-hosts about their “sex talk.” As Amy B Wang reports, “It is unclear how or why Last Week Tonight came to put together and air these montages. Did Oliver — or any of the writers or producers on the satirical weekly news show — know about Rose’s alleged off-air behavior? Or was it a mere coincidence that they had highlighted the weird sexual vibe on the show in a recurring segment? HBO representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 6:31PM EST
CBS, PBS, Bloomberg TV suspend Charlie Rose following misconduct allegations
"Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter," said CBS in a statement following this afternoon's revelation of sexual harassment allegations against the veteran newsman. Separately, PBS and Bloomberg announced they will stop distributing Rose's show, Charlie Rose. "PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations," PBS said in a statement. "We are immediately suspending distribution of Charlie Rose. Charlie Rose is produced by Charlie Rose, Inc., an independent television production company. PBS does not fund this nightly program or supervise its production, but we expect our producers to provide a workplace where people feel safe and are treated with dignity and respect."
- Bloomberg TV, which also airs Charlie Rose, immediately replaced the 6 p.m. ET re-airing with Daybreak Asia
- CBS Evening News did a story on Rose three minutes into Monday's broadcast
- Watch Charlie Rose interview New York Times reporters about sexual harassment two weeks ago
- Washington Post reporter Amy Brittain, who co-wrote the Rose story, tweets: "Sadly, my inbox is already flooded with women who have had similar, disturbing encounters with Charlie Rose."
- The Royal Tenenbaums had a Charlie Rose-like character who groped the breasts of Gwyneth Paltrow's character -- watch The Peter Bradley Show
- John Oliver's Last Week Tonight highlighted Rose's on-air "sexual tension" at least three times
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
John Oliver’s final Last Week Tonight tackles Louis CK, Trump and features a brief Tom Hanks cameo
Oliver did a “lightning quick recap” of the week, where he briefly acknowledged the Louis CK controversy in an episode that recapped the year in Trump “trolling.”
Posted Monday 11/06/17 at 9:32AM EST
John Oliver takes shots at the Entourage movie and Amazon’s Goliath
The Last Week Tonight host delved last night into the subject of economic development and the tax incentives TV shows receive in various states. Noting that the topic could be boring, Oliver played a clip from the Entourage movie, and said there are worse things his viewers could be watching. On the subject of Amazon asking for tax incentives, Oliver described Goliath as a show that “literally nobody has ever seen. Nobody. No human. No animal. Nobody.”
Posted Monday 9/25/17 at 1:24PM EDT
John Oliver says his Last Week Tonight segment on corporate mergers was “a little dangerous for us to do”
“Full disclosure here: Even our own parent company Time Warner is currently trying to merge with AT&T, which makes this story a little dangerous for us to do,” Oliver said at the start of last night's segment, adding: “Although, you know, that is presuming that AT&T executives manage to get their sh—y service working long enough to see it.”