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John Oliver Finds Out What Happens When You Rip on China

'Last Week Tonight' host criticized Xi Jiping, now faces scrubbing on country's version of Twitter

(Newser) - "China: the country responsible for huge technological advances, and yet it still can't seem to get pandas to f---" is how John Oliver opened Sunday's edition of Last Week Tonight . That was just the start of an episode filled with barbs aimed at the world's most... More »

Russell Crowe Names Koala Chlamydia Clinic for John Oliver

Actor found him 'something special' after Oliver spent big at divorce auction

(Newser) - John Oliver publicly and gleefully spent like a drunken sailor at Russell Crowe's very successful divorce auction —to the tune of almost $80,000 on items that included a used leather jock strap—but Crowe just dropped the mic on the late-night host, reports the Guardian . After musing... More »

John Oliver's Weapon Against 'Crisis Pregnancy Centers': His Own

Late-night host says controversial CPCs 'mislead' vulnerable pregnant women, founds his own

(Newser) - So-called crisis pregnancy centers have come under fire for years for allegedly using misinformation to talk vulnerable pregnant women out of having an abortion, and John Oliver took up the topic Sunday on Last Week Tonight . "What is happening with CPCs is that, way too often, women with unplanned... More »

Sinclair's Local Anchors Decry Fake News Via Same Script

Broadcast outlet under fire for newsroom tactics and 'state media' tactics

(Newser) - Sinclair Broadcast Group owns a growing number of local TV stations across the US, and it's come under fire previously for newsroom tactics dictated by its Maryland headquarters. But criticism reached new heights over the weekend when Deadspin stitched together a video showing dozens of anchors reciting the same... More »

Even Pence's Daughter Bought John Oliver's Bunny Book

'A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo' is No. 1 on Amazon

(Newser) - One book about Marlon Bundo is the top-seller on Amazon, and it's not the one written by the family that actually owns the pet bunny. NBC News reports A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, John Oliver's parody of children's book Marlon Bundo's Day in ... More »

You Can Buy Mike Pence's Bunny Book. Or You Can Buy John Oliver's

'Last Week Tonight' is trolling the VP, for a couple of good causes

(Newser) - John Oliver did a segment on Mike Pence during Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, focusing mostly on all the positions the vice president holds that Oliver finds distasteful—among them his opposition to women in the military, abortion rights, and LGBT rights. But Oliver promised Pence supporters he'... More »

John Oliver Wins This Round Against Coal Mogul

Judge dismisses Bob Murray's lawsuit

(Newser) - In the battle of John Oliver vs. coal mogul Bob Murray, Oliver has come out on top in one big way. Murray sued Oliver for defamation over the late-night host's Last Week Tonight takedown of the coal industry in general and Murray in particular , but last week, a West... More »

John Oliver Says Hoffman Spar 'Failed,' Gets Thanks Anyway

Discussing allegations is 'what matters most,' say Hoffman's accusers

(Newser) - Dustin Hoffman's accusers are applauding John Oliver even as the Last Week Tonight host says his confrontation with Hoffman earlier this month "failed." During an interview with Sky One on Dec. 21, Oliver said he regretted the way he handled a discussion of sexual misconduct allegations against... More »

John Oliver, Dustin Hoffman Spar on Sex Misconduct Claims

Heated conversation happened at anniversary screening of 'Wag the Dog'

(Newser) - As far as Dustin Hoffman is concerned, allegations about him sexually harassing a teen assistant on a movie set in the mid-'80s are a whole lot of nothing—but John Oliver made it into something Monday night. Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, was moderating a 20th-anniversary... More »

John Oliver Identifies 'Stupidest Possible Reason' We Could Die

A Trump tweet about Kim Jong Un, he said on season finale of 'Last Week Tonight'

(Newser) - John Oliver outlined "the stupidest possible reason for all of us to die" in the season finale of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, and it involves a specific tweet by President Trump. "I'm serious: If the entire country simultaneously tripped while putting on its underwear and fell... More »

Full Cast of New Lion King Movie Revealed

Beyonce's excited about joining project

(Newser) - The full cast of the upcoming Disney live action and CGI remake of The Lion King has been revealed—and it includes Queen B as Nala. Beyonce posted a photo of the cast on Facebook on Wednesday, with the caption #TheLionKing 2019, E! Online reports. Other cast members in Jungle ... More »

Here's Why #DCPublicSchools Is Trending on Twitter

Dave Chappelle started it, John Oliver ran with it

(Newser) - For anyone not watching Sunday night's Emmy Awards and wondering why the hashtag #DCPublicSchools is trending on Twitter, a quick explainer: Dave Chappelle first offered a shout-out to DC Public Schools while onstage to present the Emmy for outstanding directing in a comedy series. "Now we’re going... More »

John Oliver Predicted He'd Get Sued, and He Was Right

Coal baron Robert E. Murray accuses show of character assassination

(Newser) - It didn't take long for coal baron Robert E. Murray to sue John Oliver: It was just days ago that Oliver ripped into the coal industry on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, and by Wednesday, Murray had filed a lawsuit against Oliver, the writers of the show, HBO, and... More »

Minutes After John Oliver Rant on FCC, a 'Cyberattack'

Net neutrality defenders are suspicious

(Newser) - Not for the first time, John Oliver used his show Sunday as a platform to attack the FCC over net neutrality—specifically FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scale back net neutrality rules —and encouraged viewers to go to the FCC's website to comment on the issue.... More »

John Oliver's Ad Campaign Has Target Audience of One: Trump

TV host hopes catheter-selling cowboy can inform president on nuclear triad

(Newser) - Betsy DeVos may now head up the Department of Education , but John Oliver has appointed himself educator in chief for the commander in chief. During the first show of his fourth season of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, the comedian and late-night host announced plans to keep President Trump... More »

John Oliver Is 2016's 'Financial Crusader'

He's champion of the year, according to 'Money'

(Newser) - "Financial crusader" John Oliver is riding a horse made of money on the latest cover of Money as its champion of the year. While Oliver recently joked that he's "wasting HBO’s resources," per Vanity Fair , Money notes he dedicated whole episodes of his third season... More »

John Oliver Gathers Stars for Important Election Message

'Don't use our songs'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's entrance at the GOP convention last week to Queen's "We Are the Champions" didn't make Queen very happy —and there are lots of stars who apparently feel the same way about political campaigns pilfering their music. Toward that end, John Oliver has... More »

John Oliver Goes on NSFW Rant After Brexit Vote

'There are no f---ing do-overs,' he warns Trump-enamored America

(Newser) - Thursday's Brexit vote is over and done, and John Oliver, who last week tried to give America (and his fellow Brits) an education on why Brexit would be a "huge destabilizing decision," took to Last Week Tonight on Sunday to discuss Britain's defection—and his reaction... More »

John Oliver Schools America on Thursday's Brexit Vote

He even calls in an emergency barbershop quartet

(Newser) - Not sure what or who a Brexit is? John Oliver understands why a good number of Americans may not, and so the HBO talk-show host took it upon himself to educate the US of A in an "epic" rant that Mashable calls a "thing of beauty." In... More »

John Oliver Curses Out Oprah, Gives Away $15M

Take that, debt-buying companies

(Newser) - What better way to drive home the topic of debt than to give away $15 million? That's exactly what John Oliver did on Sunday's edition of Last Week Tonight after covering the issue, which, as Oliver put it, is "the reason that Nicolas Cage has made so... More »

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