A Bit of Oliver
We'll start off the year with an often very funny and at times thoughtfully serious interview with John Oliver on Britain's Sky One. I suspect it helps that he's clearly good friend with host Russell Howard, so he feels especially comfortable in the conversation.
At one point they deal with his recent awkward interview with Dustin Hoffman. "The stories were out there, and I heard there were a few more coming, so bringing them up felt unavoidable,” Oliver says about his hosting the film panel host. “We had to have a discussion about it.” In fairness, he explained that he did tell producers beforehand that he'd bring up the sexual harassment allegations, though acknowledges that he himself didn't handle it all especially well. "“It became such a big story, but it became about my questions rather than Hoffman’s answers. The questions weren’t particularly remarkable, but his answers were … not great. It didn’t really go anywhere constructive, so the whole thing just made me feel sad.”
(Actually, as fun and interesting as the interview is, what I perhaps like most of all is a clip they run at the beginning of Oliver talking with Professor Stephen Hawking.)
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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