John Oliver Bashes Sarah Palin's New TV Show: ‘She's Going to Do to Sports What She Did to Politics’

John Oliver Bashes Sarah Palin's New TV Show: 'She's Going to Do to Sports What She Did to Politics'

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New HBO host John Oliver bashed Sarah Palin's new Sportsman Channel TV show on Thursday — despite that he's never seen it, nor did he know she even had a series.

“So she's going to do to sports what she did to politics,” Oliver quipped.

The former “Daily Show” staffer left a roomful of journalists in stitches and wanting more at Thursday's final Television Critics Association press tour panel, when a reporter asked Oliver if he would be attending the following morning's breakfast, sponsored by Palin's new network, the Sportsman Channel. The Brit was so excited at the near-serendipitous timing with the former Vice Presidential candidate that he considered aloud changing plans to show up for the “moose meat.”

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Oliver also credited his summer job filling in for former boss Jon Stewart behind the “Daily Show” desk for his newfound marketability.

“I think it led in some way, and lets just say, the only way,” Oliver said. “That is probably the key reason why I'm here right now.”

HBO's newest political humorist looked ahead to the new show — which is still untitled and does not have a release date – at Thursday's Pasadena panel. Oliver said that in just its third day in production, the weekly pay-TV comedy series is trying to find its own space among established hits such as “The Daily Show” and “Politically Incorrect” in what he believes to be the “Golden Age” of late-night comedy.

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Finally, Oliver looked back, speaking to TheWrap about his final “Daily Show,” which began with a fake comedy segment, redirected to a beautiful tribute for the departing veteran, and ended in hugs and waterworks.

“I'm British, so I'm not in touch with anything regarding human emotion,” Oliver began his explanation of how the touching events unfolded.

The comic had written — and re-written — and produced and rehearsed an entire Act 1 for his final on-air moment, which was (broadly) about the Queen being annoyed about people stealing nuts from her bowl at Buckingham Palace, he told TheWrap. Instead, Stewart propped his feet up on his desk and rolled several montages celebrity his understudy's tenure.

“He said some nice thing, and I burst into tears,” Oliver concluded.

  • Stoneyjack

    Jabbering jerk John Oliver is just a sissy British butter-boy who isn't fit to clean the mud off gracious Gov. Sarah Palin's hunting boots.

    • TiredAloud

      *former

      • CindyTopeka

        Stonyejack… you need to contact your dealer, he sold you some bad drugs. Poor thing, I hope you will be better.

    • SecludedCompound

      “Gracious.”

      Ahem. Ha. Hahaha. Hahahahahahahahahaha.

      Ahem.

      Also, remember that one show where she pretended to hunt a moose and didn't fucking know how to hunt? That was awesome.

      • Katie7

        Yes and isn't that the one where Daddy had to reload her gun cause Caribou Barbie hadn't a clue? And to think these teapugnuts think she has a brain? Actually, they are too embarrassed to admit that a one time they just thought she was wonderful. The more exposure she gets, the less popular she becomes. God what an idiot

    • Betty G. Withers

      You got this comment backwards. That job is much too difficult for Palin.

    • Corporate Hack

      Sarah Palin is a shinning example of Conservative Intellect.

    • Katie7

      But maybe he could find her brain since she is in sore need of one. When is that pimple between her shoulders going to come to a head?

    • astroguy54

      You mean half-term quitter gov Palin?

  • angeleno

    John Oliver is HBO's latest pervert host, an anti-American clone of filth merchant Bill Maher. Palin's show doesn't start until April, he didn't even know she had one
    but Oliver has the nerve to insult one of the finest living Americans with his boring jokes that a three-year-old would sneer at. Oliver and his sissy pals in England have surrendered their own country to Islam so he comes here to ruin ours. Just what we need in Obama's unemployed USA, another commie alien allowed to walk in here and steal a job.

    • CindyTopeka

      angelen… see stoneyjack, you must use the same dealer.

    • Barry Catlett

      Did you just call Sarah Palin “one of the finest living Americans”? Take your medicine and take a nap. You appear to be even kookier than she is.

      • Katie7

        That's what I thought but must be related. But could anyone be more of an airhead that Caribou Barbie ?

    • SecludedCompound

      Huh, seems like the weirdo Teapers/Republicans are the only ones that are constantly saying anti-American things these days.

    • Charles A Robbins

      Paranoid much? Or just homophobic?

      • hankrbradley

        Maybe you are just heterophobic?

        • Charles A Robbins

          Considering I have been heterosexual for my 56 years of life I think the answer speaks for itself. I just don't demonize people according to who they love. And calling the Brits sissies….what are you…13?

        • astroguy54

          No, Hank. I like heterosexual people, just as long as they don't try to shove their lifestyle down everyone's throat.

    • Corporate Hack

      Fox news is owned by foreigner, dumbasses

      • Katie7

        He is a foreigner but I think he much to our dismay became an American citizen. But he still is a pig nonetheless

    • Katie7

      Obama's unemployed? Yes you must be smoking the bad weed. You probably don't remember but it was that idiot, Bushie during his pretend 8 years at playing President that he took us into a bogus war. It was during his reign of terror that the country was brought to its knees with a recession and left the country 10 trillion in debt. It was during his time, over 5,000 Americans killed, countless other maimed both physically and mentally because of the war. And you talk about unemployed? At the end of that airheads time, the country was bleeding over 800,000 jobs a MONTH. You probably are too stoned to remember any of this. Obama and his administration have created over 6 million jobs since he took over the piece of crap Bush left behind. Oh and well doing all this, bushie managed to take off 1031 days of vacation, more than any other President.

      • astroguy54

        Well said, Katie! The neocons can't handle the truth, like the worst foreign attack on American soil EVER happening under the nose of their guy, Bush, who had been warned over and over.

    • astroguy54

      Finest, living Americans? BWA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  • Pkvw

    Sarah Palin has hurt the Republican Party; and everyone knows it. Pride prevents some people from admitting this, which is fine…and they can call people names etc… But everyone sees through this. Where on earth did you come up with “butter-boy”, that's a classic!!!

  • jeff belli slack

    Hate, hate, haters!
    You people below in the comments have serious issues.
    Your once great country is being ruined by opinions like yours and people like Sarah Palin.

  • minus47

    Looks like SarahPac can now only afford two cheerleaders.

  • anthonyamerica

    Sarah Palin; shows the world; you have to be a nitwit to believe she's a smart person;

    • hankrbradley

      And Anthony how many people know who you are, care what you think or even care that you exist? lol…..no wait….roflmao! And Anthony I wonder how this nitwit's bank account and full life compares to your's. No Anthony it would seem you are the nitwit here, part of the 47% are you? wait here it comes….roflmao!

      • astroguy54

        Give it up, Hank. Palin will never let you screw her.

        • Katie7

          Probably not. Remember when author Joe McGinniss moved next to the Palins in Alaska to write a book about that whacko family? He said he interviewed a basketball player who said “he screwed her brains out”? And folks, he was of African American descent!!! I don't know which of the 5 colleges that she attended that this took place but Bill Maher said on one of his shows, that the next time he screwed her brains out, do us an favor and remember to put them back in!!! Thought that was hysterical. What an airhead she is. Dumber than dirt!!

      • Harry Russell

        Hank ole boy, who was that said “You will never go broke underestimating the taste of the American people” or so. The bunch from Jersey Shore are rich and famous, but I would hesitate to attribute it to intelligence.

    • Katie7

      True and the teapublicans are in no short supply of nitwits

  • anthonyamerica

    Oliver has loads of talent; Sarah doesn't have talent but bull;
    Then there is the fact that all of the people that run in GOP races seem to fade;
    The woman doesn't read news on anything, and let's not forget she is the first line of defense; if Russia decides to attack;
    No telling how many soviet jets she will shoot down from her duck blind;

    • Katie7

      Yes, but she will need Daddy to help her reload her gun as she did in the last idiotic show she did. What a airhead, dumber than dirt but the teabaggers love her. Dear God, what an idiot

      • astroguy54

        I heard she was real good at gettin’ teabagged.

  • Corporate Hack

    Sarah Palin shows the true intellect of Conservatives.

    • angeleno

      yeah, intelligent, honest , patriotic, not like you and Obama.

  • MontanaBGreen

    I'm curious;
    Just what horrible crime or other nefarious things has Sarah Palin done to to garner all this hate and discontent?
    I don't expect any credible answers except for the usual thumb down's.
    But just askin