Since The New York Times published a bombshell report last week, filled with sexual harassment accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein spanning decades, most late-night hosts and shows (including “SNL”) have stayed away from the topic.
But Sunday, Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, and John Oliver took aim at him on “Last Week Tonight.”
Oliver first pointed out that this week marked the one-year anniversary of the Donald Trump “Access Hollywood” tape leak. Then Oliver brought up the Weinstein story in the Times, calling the movie executive’s response “infuriating.”
“He and his attorneys admit that he needs help, while also denying the charges and threatening to sue the Times,” Oliver said.
Oliver also cited the statement’s opening remarks, which read:
“I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then. I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office – or out of it. To anyone.”
“Yeah, you’re right. Your excuse isn’t an excuse,” Oliver said. “In fact, it isn’t even an excuse for that behavior in the ’60s.”
Then, mocking Weinstein, Oliver said: “Well, back then we had no idea that women didn’t want to be forced to look at d—s! That wasn’t discovered by scientists until 1998. It was a different time.'”
One day after the Times published its report, reporter Lauren Sivan went on record saying that Weinstein pleasured himself in front of her, after she declined his advances at a restaurant in New York in 2007. When telling the story, Oliver noted that according to Sivan, Weinstein finished “quickly into a potted plant.”
“So, step aside, ‘Chocolat,'” Oliver said. “You are no longer the most horrifying picture Harvey Weinstein has ever produced.”