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John Oliver Speaks Out About Confronting Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Harassment

John Oliver Speaks Out About Confronting Dustin Hoffman Over Sexual Harassment

Earlier in the month, John Oliver questioned Dustin Hoffman extensively over his sexual harassment claims, and now John is speaking out about the encounter that went viral.

“I knew the stories were out there, and I heard there were a few more coming, so [bringing them up] felt unavoidable. We had to have a discussion about it,” John said while making a recent appearance on Sky One’s The Russell Howard Hour. “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.”

“I wanted it to become something more constructive,” John added. “I tried and failed.”

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  • gwen

    That interview he did with Dustin Hoffman kind of fell flat.

  • moody

    John Oliver is an asshole.

  • Happy Camper

    I do feel that everyone such as Dustin should be held accountable; however, the surprise attack of questioning will only make them shut down and not answer anything. John Oliver shouldn’t have proceeded that way, in my opinion.

  • Sansa Squad

    he “tried and failed” to make it constructive, but the effort was commendable. it was super refreshing to see someone actually hold these people accountable instead of letting them hide behind vague, dismissive statements (imo). I wish more people were unafraid of letting things get a little uncomfortable in the interest of having a real, no-bs conversation. I know some people felt like he took it too far but as a woman – and sexual assault survivor – I personally found it comforting to see him standing up for us.

  • cafeast

    What a repulsively hideous looking individual. Not ‘man’, b/c I do not consider him one.

  • suzybel

    He just said a whole lot of nothing.

  • Will

    Everyone appreciated to effort.