In the years following the 2016 election, Donald Trump seized media attention on nearly every level. From multiple controversies, to alternative facts and a historic double impeachment, the former President generated plenty of news.
Hosts like John Oliver of HBO's Last Week Tonight were rarely able to escape mention of Trump during episodes of late night comedy shows. With ample fodder for the media some have alleged Trump was good for comedy.
Oliver said, "think again."
John Oliver on Trump "He’s a guy who wants attention more than anything else. So it’s working out “when is it irres… https://t.co/H36viQhWSp— So done (@So done)1613204455.0
"Trump so much wanted to make every story about him. He’s often not the key part of every story; the systemic probl… https://t.co/N9Ss5Wn9Ry— So done (@So done)1613204573.0
Oliver said to The Washington Post:
"It's a complete myth and it's kind of genuinely insulting."
Continuing, he elaborated on his feelings.
"Wow, how little do you think of me? Because partly it comes from, 'Oh, it must've written itself'."
"Really? You f'king think that?"
"You try injecting poison into your body every week and get a joke out the other side that Twitter hasn't already come up with."
"The happiest I was at the end of last year was we finished our final show and started working on our new list of shows. And it was great to be able to think about wonky stories."
Oliver also pointed out the end of Trump's presidency was not an end to the systemic issues the country faced.
"The long gestating problems this virus has shone a spotlight on that have been ignored for a long time."
"Human history has shown we're pretty adept at choosing to forget about them again as soon as it's convenient."
"So I think the virus will be an interesting hook into some interesting stories this year."
Twitter users echoed these thoughts.
John Oliver on the nitwits who suggest comedy writers will miss Trump: "It's like saying the residents on Elm Stree… https://t.co/hoVItBEK2b— Frisco Del Rosario (@Frisco Del Rosario)1606715489.0
@RICHARDLNEWBY I remember John Oliver giving a smart answer during the 2016 campaign when someone asked the dumb qu… https://t.co/2t77dZyGPp— David Rooney (@David Rooney)1606024100.0
People really come on here and just tweet anything. The audacity of it. https://t.co/WIikFZQi0V— Richard Newby (@Richard Newby)1606014875.0
@HuffPostPol NOBODY like to see their own Country FAIL MISERABLY. Not even Comics who are commenting. Trump was a… https://t.co/EbyE9pEdu8— Martin Koenigsberg (MarTMar) (SteelyDab) (@Martin Koenigsberg (MarTMar) (SteelyDab))1613124641.0
The amount of lee-way people were prepared to give Trump, when even late-night comedy news guys like John Oliver to… https://t.co/v7G1SG5Kep— He-Man Turned Me Jae 🕷️🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@He-Man Turned Me Jae 🕷️🇬🇧🇪🇺)1610113686.0
John Oliver, on people saying to him that it "must have been fun" to do comedy during Trump's presidency: "It's bas… https://t.co/WaoOwTSs82— Tim Boehme (@Tim Boehme)1606537832.0
Oliver returned in his new season of Last Week Tonight this past Sunday.