Stephen Colbert may have to pad his “Late Show” budget to pay for more plaques like the ones he’s given guests this week.
Former Comedy Central colleague John Oliver “has become the somewhat proud third inductee into Stephen Colbert’s ‘Trump Attacked Me on Twitter’ Hall of Fame,” HuffPost noted. “On Wednesday, Oliver appeared on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ and accepted a plaque like the ones Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough received the night before.”
In accepting the “honor,” Oliver of “Last Week Tonight” said he had forgotten about the 2015 Trump tweet that claimed his staff had tried to book the future president for an appearance on the HBO show.
Trump had tweeted: “John Oliver had his people call to ask me to be on his very boring and low rated show. I said ‘NO THANKS.’ Waste of time & energy!”
What say Oliver now?
“That is a lie. We never asked him. I even asked all my staff and anyone connected to the show to ask if there had been anyone who had reached out to him in any capacity to ask him on the show and they all said no. So it was a total lie.”
Oliver added that it was “a meaningless lie. In fact, a lie so meaningless it almost becomes meaningful, because what kind of moron would lie about something this pathetic.”
He concluded: “It was very odd to be on the receiving end of a lie that confident from someone who is now president. However weird it is to say that out loud.”