It is not stunning that John Oliver confronted Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations against the actor at a 20th anniversary panel for “Wag the Dog” very last year. Right after all, the 1997 movie alone is about the burying of a intercourse scandal.
It would seem the only individual unprepared for the question was Hoffman.
“That was a circumstance of performing a favor for that charity and the ’Wag the Dog’ screening, and then emotion like I experienced to provide it up,” Oliver defined throughout a round desk dialogue with push for his HBO present “Last Week Tonight” on Monday. “It was type of like an interior barometer again, appropriate? I just felt it would’ve been very bizarre not to deliver it up.”
Even though moderating the panel benefitting the Tribeca Film Institute, Oliver questioned Hoffman about the actor’s apology subsequent allegations he harassed a seventeen-12 months-aged intern on the set of the 1985 Television set movie, “Death of a Salesman.”
Hoffman said his behavior wasn’t “reflective” of who he is, which Oliver explained felt like a “cop out.” Which is when the panel discussion turned into a heated exchange.
The actor reportedly felt blindsided by Oliver’s questioning. And Oliver nevertheless doesn’t comprehend why.
“I was stunned that he turned up in the very first area,” explained Oliver.
“The Gotham Film Awards ended up the earlier 7 days, and they hadn’t completed purple carpet interviews, so it felt like he should’ve been mindful that he was going to have to response to this the up coming time he answered to anything,” Oliver stated. “And then I’m staggered if he actually thought I wasn’t going to bring it up. I really don’t know how small he would have to believe of me to think that I wouldn’t bring that up.”
In essence, explained Oliver, whoever finished up speaking publicly with Hoffman experienced a responsibility to bring up the allegations. That individual just turned out to be Oliver.
He does not, nonetheless, think he did a far better occupation of questioning Hoffman than a journalist, including, “I have to think most folks would’ve questioned him about it, and then the only reason the discussion kept going was that his responses have been pretty poor.”
Oliver said he wished to get Hoffman to a point of “self-reflection” to salvage some thing from their exchange, but it “didn’t take place.”
Subsequent the panel dialogue, Oliver faced his honest share of critics, including Alec Baldwin, who stated late-evening hosts are acting way too significantly like “grand juries.”
On Monday, we pointed to Baldwin’s feedback and requested Oliver if he felt a accountability to deal with certain subjects in the information.
Speaking about “Last 7 days Tonight,” he stated, “I guess it feels like if there’s a distinct aberration that has taken location, whether or not it is like a Charlottesville comment or anything … it feels like we have to tackle it at the best of the display simply because to not address it would practically look like an editorial selection.”
But there’s 1 concern the comic is perfectly wonderful letting other folks take care of: the famous “Trump pee tape.” When questioned whether the “Last 7 days Tonight” staff is shut to finding the alleged tape, Oliver replied:
We’re not that close. If I had it, I’d play it for you on my phone right now. Yeah, I do not know. I will say we have not been searching. I consider there are other individuals that really need to be carrying out that.
That is just 1 achievable leak he’s not touching.