John Oliver doubles down on Danbury, Conn., hate after city plans to rename sewage facility after him

On the Aug. 16 episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, while examining racial disparities in jury selection, Oliver went off on a tangent, in which he had some choice words for the city of Danbury, Conn. Oliver was speaking about how a computer error resulted in no jurors being summoned from Hartford and New Britain when he set his sights on Danbury.

“If you’re gonna forget a town in Connecticut, why not forget Danbury?” Oliver asked. “Because, and this is true, f**k Danbury. From its charming Railway Museum to its historic Hearthstone Castle, Danbury, Conn., can eat my whole a**. I know exactly three things about Danbury: USA Today ranked it the second best city to live in in 2015, it was once the center of the American hat industry and if you’re from there, you got a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver, children included. F**k you.”

Oliver has yet to say whether he holds actual animosity toward the city or if it was just chosen at random for the bit. Either way, Danbury wasn’t having it.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton responded on Saturday with a tweet, and posted a video to Facebook, in which he announced the Danbury sewer plant was going to be renamed in Oliver’s honor.

“Behind me you’ll see the city of Danbury sewer plant,” Boughton said in the video. “And we are going to rename it the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. Why? Because it’s full of crap, just like you, John.”

On Sunday, Oliver doubled down on his disdain for Danbury, wedging in another dig while talking about neighboring Rhode Island’s appearance at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

“I had no idea that calamari was Rhode Island’s official state appetizer,” Oliver said. “It might be the first thing I’ve learned about that state that I’ve actually liked, aside, of course, from the fact that it doesn’t include the city of Danbury, Conn. Because, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, f**k Danbury. Babies. Elderly. Pets. Buildings. All of you can go f**k yourselves.”

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.

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