Watch John Oliver Knock Harvey Weinstein's Response To All Those Allegations
On Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver knocked Harvey Weinstein's response to recent sexual harassment allegations, taking the film producer and executive to task for his response to these allegations.
Oliver's criticism of Weinstein comes following an investigation by the New York Times, in which the paper revealed that Weinstein allegedly paid off women who accused him of sexual harassment for years. Weinstein responded to these allegations with a statement to the Times, saying,
Weinstein's lawyer also told the Times that Weinstein “denies many of the accusations as patently false.” According to the Times, Weinstein also threatened to sue the paper for defamation after the release of the article.
On his show, Oliver took particular issue with Weinstein and his team's response to the sexual harassment allegations. Oliver first noted that he believed Weinstein's response seemed inconsistent, saying,
Oliver then went on to blast Weinstein for his statement to the Times, lambasting him for seemingly making excuses for his alleged behavior that centered on the apparent notion that things were different back in Weinstein's early career. Oliver did not mince words when describing his frustrations with Weinstein's statement, noting,
Oliver then closed his segmenet about the Weinstein allegations by mocking them along with a Weinstein film from the year 2000, Chocolat, saying, “Step aside Chocolat, you are no longer the most horrifying picture that Harvey Weinstein has ever produced."
As The Daily Beast reported, Oliver is the first late night comedian to address the Weinstein allegations in-depth on his show . The outlet also reported last week that a myriad of late night hosts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, James Corden, and Stephen Colbert, did not discuss the allegations against the film executive on their shows, despite having previously reported extensively on sexual harassment allegations against conservative media figures like Fox News chief Roger Ailes and Fox News Host Bill O'Reilly. Only Trevor Noah of The Daily Show very briefly mentioned the allegations on his show last week.
On Sunday evening, The Weinstein Company, a film company co-founded by Weinstein, announced that its board of directors had fired Weinstein. The company released a statement that read,
The Weinstein company's decision to fire Weinstein seemingly came after the taping of Oliver's show on Sunday, though news of it was released before Oliver's show aired. It will certainly be interesting to see if and how Oliver and other late night hosts cover the Weinstein allegations in light of the producer's recent employment termination.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.