Donald Trump says ‘no thanks’ to John Oliver, but ‘Last Week Tonight’ host says mogul was never invited

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Dylan Stableford
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John Oliver says he has no interest in booking Donald Trump. (AP/File)

Donald Trump has feuded with plenty of people during his presidential campaign. The latest: John Oliver.

Last week, the “Last Week Tonight” host said he has no interest in booking Trump on his late-night show.

“I don’t really care about him in any capacity,” Oliver said Friday on “CBS This Morning.” “I’ve really got nothing to say to him. He’s said everything he wants to say. He’s got no internal monologue, that man. It’s not like you’re going in to find the secret nugget he’s been holding back.”

“He’s an open book,” Oliver continued. “And that book doesn’t have that many interesting words in it.”

The real estate mogul fired back via his preferred medium — Twitter — claiming the weekly HBO program had reached out to him.

“John Oliver had his people call to ask me to be on his very boring and low rated show,” Trump tweeted. “I said ‘NO THANKS’ Waste of time & energy!”


But Oliver’s people say they did no such thing.

“A couple of points,” read a tweet from the “Last Week Tonight” Twitter feed. “1. Yes, we have a boring show. 2. At no point did we invite Donald Trump to appear on it.”


Trump’s presence in the 2016 race has led to big ratings for cable networks that have hosted the Republican debates — and for the late-night hosts who have managed to book him.

Late last month, Trump’s appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” gave the CBS show its best viewership since Colbert’s Sept. 8 debut.

But in his own appearance on “The Late Show,” Oliver said he wasn’t interested in even covering Trump.

“I couldn’t give less of a s—,” he said. “It’s physically impossible.”

He added: “It’s 2015 right now. So I don’t care until we’re in the same year as the thing I’m supposed to care about. That’s the beauty: We’re on half an hour a week; we don’t have to care about the election.”