The lawsuit concerns a segment on Sunday's episode of 'Last Week Tonight'.
A lawsuit filed on Wednesday this week (June 21st) cites the most recent episode of ‘Last Week Tonight’ and claims that Oliver and his team “executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies,” according to a report by The Daily Beast.
Back on Sunday (June 18th), Oliver took aim at Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, in a segment that suggested the coal executive doesn’t do enough to protect his employees in the workplace.
The British-born comedian, who returns with his HBO show 'Last Week Tonight' at the weekend, joked that his green card status might not be enough to stop him being thrown out of America "like a tea bag".
With the return of his HBO political comedy show ‘Last Week Tonight’ set to return to the screen next week, British-born host John Oliver has expressed a degree of nervousness about having to inevitably taken on the new US president Donald Trump in the upcoming series.
As a green card-holder, Oliver echoed sentiments he made in a new Rolling Stone cover interview to Stephen Colbert when he made an appearance on ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday (February 7th), saying that he’s no longer sure that he won’t be thrown out of the States “like a tea bag” if he pokes too much fun at Trump.
“The crazy thing is it's probably not gonna happen, but there is a non-zero chance of it happening now,” Oliver joked. “So yeah, I am slightly concerned. I have an American wife and American son now, but who knows what's enough? Having a green card used to be enough. But yet what we saw with that executive order on immigration, that debacle, things were not what they supposed to be.”
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He's the latest to express his disgust at Trump's election.
If there was anyone who didn't mince their words regarding their feelings on Donald Trump being named the President-elect, it's John Oliver. The 'Last Week Tonight' show host has been particularly vocal about his lack of support for the Republican candidate, but nothing he said previously compared to his reaction of the news.
John Oliver speaks out about Donald Trump election
It seemed John Oliver tried his best to make light of a situation that he ultimately believes is hopeless and terrifying, but there was definitely a dark and serious undertone to his response to the election results. He referred to businessman Trump as a 'Klan-backed, misogynist Internet troll' and spoke about how unwell the news coverage has made him.
Comedian and TV host John Oliver said, three years ago, that Donald Trump should run for president as a joke.
In his last show before the high-stakes presidential election, comedian John Oliver accepted the blame for Donald Trump’s controversial candidacy by digging up some old archive footage of himself saying that the whole idea was laughable.
Those with sharp memories may recall that British comedian Oliver guest-hosted ‘The Daily Show’ in 2013. In it, he egged on Trump to run, saying that he’d write him a “campaign check” in order to run for the purposes of a joke. Oh how prophetic he proved to be.
John Oliver apologised for Donald Trump - it's all his fault!
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The British comedian gave his thoughts on Brexit during an angry 10 minute on HBO’s ‘Last Week Tonight’.
British comedian John Oliver gave his thoughts on Britain's decision to leave the European Union last week, in an explicit rant on his HBO show ‘Last Week Tonight’. In his speech Oliver called out both David Cameron and Boris Johnson, while warning US viewers, “there are no f***ing do-overs.”
John Oliver has given a damming critique of the EU referendum result.
"Let us begin straight away with The United Kingdom, a place whose very name, after this week's events, is beginning to sound a bit sarcastic,” Oliver began. “Because the UK this week voted to leave the European Union, a decision that has shaken the world.
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John Oliver had daylight saving time on the agenda this week.
John Oliver, the host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, directed his ire at the pointlessness of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday's show, breaking down why the practice is ridiculous and shouldn't even be a thing anymore.
John Oliver ripped into the ridiculous idea of Daylight Saving Time
"If you're like most Americans, you've been groggy all day after losing an hour of sleep to Daylight Saving. And as you struggle to remember the clock on your fucking microwave, you may have wondered: Why is this happening?"
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John Oliver's perfect takedown has gone viral.
John Oliver delivered a scathing takedown of the on-going turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, reminding authorities, "Police are not soldiers". On August 9, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed.
John Oliver's takedown has gone viral
On the final Last Week Tonight of August, Oliver delved into the biggest national news story of the summer.
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John Oliver made a solid start to 'Last Week Tonight'.
John Oliver has gotten off the mark with his new solo show Last Week Tonight on HBO, which didn't stray too far from the concept and structure of Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. The reviews were, on the whole, pretty good and Oliver certainly didn't do anything wrong in his first outing.
John Oliver Made A Solid Start to 'Last Week Tonight'
"But what really grabbed me about Last Week Tonight was the long segment in the middle about the upcoming India Election," wrote Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly, "Oliver chastised the American media for its complete inability to cover the biggest election in human history; but Oliver also managed to come up with a handy rundown of the important facts."
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Oliver is stepping into one of the most creatively diverse networks in TV.
John Oliver’s ascendance has been startling. He only moved to New York 8 years ago, and between becoming best friends with Ricky Gervais, starring as Prof. Ian Duncan on NBC's ‘Community’ and ‘corresponding’ on Comedy Central's ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’, he’s managed to navigate through a sea of late night talk show hosts to carve out his own: ‘Last Week Tonight’, which premieres this Sunday on HBO.
John Oliver holds up a picture of himself - his face tells the story
He was "a little-known British standup," according to HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo in light of his 8-week sting anchoring in Stewart’s chair while he was off living the director dream, but he quickly impressed him. "I was dazzled by this guy who came in and pulled it off."
The meteoric rise of a Birmingham comedian who took the U.S by storm.
John Oliver went from working the stand up scene in the U.K to being recommended by Ricky Gervais to U.S giant Jon Stewart. He then hosted The Daily Show in place of Stewart to critical acclaim, and how he has his own HBO show. It’s good to be John Oliver right now.
John Oliver Is Getting His Own HBO Show
"Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will air Sundays in the 11:00-11:30 p.m. It’ll take a Satirical look at the week in news, politics and current affairs, HBO confirmed in a statement, but they were secretive about anything else the show had to offer.
Exciting news for fans of political satire - John Oliver is back in the game.
John Oliver’s new HBO show has finally been made official with the announcement of a title and a release date. Oliver fans rejoice! The former “Daily Show” correspondent will begin “The Tonight Show Last Week With John Oliver” (bit of a mouthful) on April 27 at 11 p.m. The show will take a satirical look at the biggest news headlines of the week, not unlike Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” format.
Oliver wants his show to have a distinct voice, different from that of "The Daily Show".
This is as much as Oliver and HBO have revealed at this point, meaning that eager viewers will have to wait for the official premiere to find out exactly how Oliver’s format will differ. The host didn’t exactly make it clear during his appearance in front of the Television Critics’ Association in January.
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Our first look at season five of the NBC sitcom shows life after Greendale
Community will at last be back on our screens in the new year and to celebrate the long-awaited return of the Greendale Seven (whose numbers have admittedly declined since the start of the show) an all-new trailer has been released by NBC. Marking the return of series creator Dan Harmon to the helm, the new trailer is a cinematic feast, coming across more as a movie trailer than a promo for a television series.
Dan Harmon and Joel McHale both make their welcome returns to Greendale Community College
It seems as though Joel McHale's Jeff Winger has finally been able to reignite his law career after spending four years at the community college, only for it all to come crashing down as soon as he could get things moving again. The pop culture references are right here just as you would expect, with Abed (Danny Pudi) comparing Winger's return to Greendale with season nine of Scrubs, posing, "It could be like Scrubs season nine - a revamp, a do-over."
Continue reading: Trailer For 'Community' Season Five Hits The Web [Video]
John Oliver will host his own HBO show in 2014.
John Oliver has been rewarded for his successful stint as Jon Stewart's temporary replacement this summer on The Daily Show with his own topical series on HBO beginning in 2014, the network announced on Thursday (November 14, 2013).
"We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on 'The Daily Show,' we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, "We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home."
Oliver will be leaving The Daily Show, where he has been a writer and correspondent since 2006, a Comedy Central spokesman confirmed.
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Comedian John Oliver will have a satirical news show on HBO which will premiere next year. The British-born comic has been guest hosting the 'Daily Show' whilst Jon Stewart has been away directing a film.
John Oliver has a new show commissioned by HBO. The comedian has been filling in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show over the summer and had gained the attention HBO producers.
Stewart was away directing his upcoming movie Rosewater and Oliver filled in, as USA Today reports. As a result, HBO have commissioned Oliver to present a satirical news show on a Sunday evening.
HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo referred to this in his statement, issued on Thursday (14th November), in which he said: "We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on The Daily Show, we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO."
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The Daily Show host returned to his post on Tuesday, but the Rosewater work doesn't stop now.
For some, the Toronto Film Festival is a great experience; they meet loads of people and see a bunch of great movies. For others, the event means plenty of review writing, lots of travel and not much sleep.
Jon Stewart wields an Emmy
For Jon Stewart, it’s none of the above. But it will entail pitching his new movie to select foreign buyers and sharing footage. Rosewater –Stewart’s directorial debut – is an adaptation of Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy's memoir: "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" – a New York Times bestseller. The film will cover Bahari's 2009 arrest in Iran where he was covering an election protest.
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The host is back from his three month TV hiatus, during which he directed the social drama ""Rosewater."
We loved John Oliver on The Daily Show, but let’s be honest – it’s really Jon Stewart’s schtick. Well, fans of the comedian/director/pundit will no doubt be glad to learn that he is finally back to hosting the satirical news show. Stewart spent the summer filming his movie Rosewater in Jordan and, naturally the opening gag had to make reference of that.
Stewart returned with a healthy tan and a bout of nostalgia.
We won’t spoil it for you, but it did involve Stewart, Oliver, Stephen Colbert and Big Mac defibrillators. It might not have been the subtlest of gags, but it did get the point across – Jon Stewart is back and entirely his old, red, white and blue American self. And while Stewart admitted to enjoying the cultural experience, apparently there’s nothing like being back in the good ol’ US of A. "For all that I appreciate and learned about the culture that I was immersed in, boy, I'm Western, in all its glorious, decadent imperfections," he said. "I recall driving back to New York City thinking, 'Hello dildo shop near a school.’”
The 'Daily Show' presenter didn't spent his summer on a lounger: there was work to be done.
Comedian Jon Stewart has returned to his hosting duties on US political news satire show, The Daily Show, after he took a 12 week sabbatical to spent time working on Middle Eastern political documentary Rosewater. In his absence, the excellently funny Brit comic John Oliver kept his presenting seat warm.
Stewart's Back To Rule The Daily Show's Roost.
On the Tuesday night show, Stewart opened by letting his audience know how much he missed them: "You don't know what it's like out there in the real world. Nobody applauds every stupid little thing you do."
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Stewart isn't just off on an extended summer holiday: he'll be working hard.
Jon Stewart is taking the summer off his duties at The Daily Show, a hiatus which started last night. It’s alright though, because Stewart’s post is aptly covered by the show’s regular correspondent, John Oliver, who kicked off his run last night (Thursday) prompting a spike in the satirical news program’s viewership. As much as fans have enjoyed Oliver’s hosting skills however, Comedy Central is expecting an even bigger spike tonight, when Stewart links in from location via Skype.
Stewart has left the show in capable hands.
Oliver will assume hosting duties until fall, while Stewart is off directing his very first movie, according to Deadline. Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater, will keep to his area of expertise, political commentary. The film centers on the story of a journalist, detained in an Iranian prison and interrogated using brutal methods. The movie is expected for a 2014 release, with the exact date still to be announced.
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The Smurfs are back in a brilliant movie sequel that sees them take on evil magician Gargamel for a second time as he makes another attempt at harnessing the blue power of the Smurf people. This time, he has successfully created a group of similar creatures called Naughties, which he has plans to use to lure the impressionable Smurfette to him in order to finally win their potent magic. Aware of the kidnapping, the rest of the Smurfs band together on a rescue mission alongside their human acquaintances Patrick and Grace Winslow who agree to help them get to Smurfette and convince her that she belongs at home.
Right Said Fred, the nineties duo responsible for the number one 1991 hit 'I'm Too Sexy', has got involved in the promotions for the new film, marking the celebrations of Global Smurfs Day on June 22nd 2013, the day after 'The Smurfs 2' is released on the 21st. They have recorded a brand new track called 'I'm Too Smurfy', which isn't too dissimilar from their debut hit as you'd imagine, in a video featuring people in Smurf costumes getting funky and the duo painting their faces blue in honour of the Smurfs' return.
The Smurfs return following a harrowing experience lost in New York while being pursued by the evil wannabe wizard Gargamel in 'The Smurfs'. Their plight is not over, however, as Gargamel will stop at nothing to harness the power of the blue creatures. Currently an icon of sorcery in Paris, he creates two Smurf-like creatures called Naughties who he uses to tempt the impressionable Smurfette in a life of mischief as she holds the valuable secret of the spell to turn the Naughties into real Smurfs. After she is kidnapped, her family and friends embark on a mission to save her, whether she wants to be or not, and enlists the help of their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow to take down Gargamel once and for all and lead Smurfette back on the straight and narrow.
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The Smurfs are back in a brilliant movie sequel that sees them take on evil...
The Smurfs return following a harrowing experience lost in New York while being pursued by...