'Go F**k Yourself': John Oliver Attacks Jay Leno Over His Old Monica Lewinski JokesChris Menahan
Mar. 18, 2019
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Jay Leno lamenting the sorry state of late night television last week on The Today Show evidently stung HBO's John Oliver real deep.
In an act of petty retaliation, Oliver had his staff dig up every old Leno joke they could find poking fun at Monica Lewinsky and edit them all together while cutting out much of the laughter. Oliver played the compilation on his show Sunday and then cried about how his jokes were supposedly not funny and deeply offensive.
Remember, this is supposed to be a comedy show:
Here's the transcript via NewsBusters:
JOHN OLIVER: If you're hazy on the Monica Lewinsky story, at 22, she and president Clinton began a relationship that, very long story short, ended up with graphic details being made public through the report by independent counsel Kenneth Starr. And it is impossible to overstate just how globally famous Monica and private details of her life became. The media obsessed over every angle of her story, from tabloid stories like these to cartoons where microphones pointed at her face were replaced with penises to endless late-night comedy jokes. Look, my hands are not clean here either. I wasn't in the U.S. At the time, but ten years after the fact, I was in a "Daily Show" piece marking the anniversary of the scandal, above a graphic reading "Ten sucking years." Which is gross. It's gross. And many comedians have since publicly expressed regret about things they've said, although one who hasn't, and who was among the most relentless, was Jay Leno.Imagine being so shook by Leno's comments you felt the need to compile a Media Matters-style compilation of his old jokes to whine about.
If that wasn't cringe enough, Oliver went on to interview Monica Lewinsky for ten minutes straight and treated her as an expert on public shaming, social media and online bullying:
If this show is any indicator, the current state of late night is worse than anything Jay Leno could ever imagine.
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