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Dustin Hoffman Accusers Thank John Oliver for Confronting Him

Seven of Dustin Hoffman‘s accusers have come forward with a statement thanking John Oliver for confronting Dustin in a public forum for allegations of sexual harassment.

“We want to thank you for confronting Dustin Hoffman,” the women wrote in a statement, then posted on Twitter by Anna Graham Hunter. “While the questions you asked may not have led to the constructive conversation you hoped for, the fact that you asked them all is what matters most. Many men listen to and believe women when we recount our experiences of sexual harassment and assault. But few men put themselves at risk – socially or professionally – to have uncomfortable conversations with other men. Women can continue to tell our stories, but ultimately, change will depend on men reflecting on their own behavior and challenging other men to do the same.”

The statement was signed by his accusers, Anna, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis, Kathryn Rossetter, Melissa Kester, Cori Thomas, and two women who wish to remain anonymous.

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.”

Dustin Hoffman & John Oliver Get Heated Over Harassment Claims

Dustin Hoffman and John Oliver found themselves in a heated argument about harassment claims against Dustin during a recent Q&A.

While John was moderating a panel about Dustin‘s movie Wag the Dog on Monday night (December 4), he brought up the current climate around sexual harassment.

When John said he had to bring up the allegations because it was “hanging in the air,” Dustin replied, “From a few things you’ve read you’ve made an incredible assumption about me. You’ve made the case better than anyone else can. I’m guilty.”

John went on to express that he wasn’t happy with the response Dustin gave to the allegations.

“It’s ‘not reflective of who I am.’ It’s that kind of response to this stuff that pisses me off. It is reflective of who you were. If you’ve given no evidence to show it didn’t [happen], there was a period of time for a while when you were a creeper around women. It feels like a cop-out to say ‘it wasn’t me.’ Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?” John said to Dustin.

John also added that he believed everything the accuser said because “there’s no point in [an accuser] lying” to which Dustin retorted, “Well, there’s a point in her not bringing it up for 40 years.”

At several points, Dustin and the cast tried to move on from the topic but John reportedly continued to push the issue.

At one point Dustin even said “You weren’t there” to which John replied, “I’m glad.”

Olivia Munn & Ellie Kemper Join More Comedians at HBO's 'Night of Too Many Stars'

Olivia Munn and Ellie Kemper arrive for the Night of Too Many Stars event at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (November 18) in New York City.

The event is held every year and aired on HBO to unite America to raise money for autism programs.

Some of the many other stars in attendance included Adam Sandler, Billy Crystal, Howie Mandel (sporting a new gray beard), JJ Abrams, John Oliver, Abbi Jacobson, Rob Corddry, Edie Falco, Will Forte (with his The Last Man on Earth bushy beard), Robert De Niro with wife Grace Hightower, Gayle King, and Broadway star Cynthia Erivo.

Newlyweds Kate Upton and Justin Verlander also posed for a photo backstage!

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Beyonce Knowles Will Play Nala in 'The Lion King' 2019 Remake!

Following casting rumors that swirled earlier this year, it’s now official: Beyonce Knowles is playing Nala in Disney’s upcoming 2019 remake of The Lion King!

The full all-star lineup for the Jon Favreau-directed new take on 1994 classic The Lion King was announced on Wednesday evening (November 1), including Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa (reprising his iconic original role), Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi.

John Oliver will play Zazu, while Seth Rogen will play Pumbaa. Billy Eichner will play Timon.

The upcoming film will utilize “pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way.”

Beyonce also shared the news on her Facebook.

The Lion King hits theaters on July 19, 2019. Check out the full casting below!

Larry David & Cheryl Hines Premiere 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Season 9 in NYC

Larry David is joined by his TV wife Cheryl Hines at the season nine premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm on Wednesday night (September 27) at the SVA Theater in New York City.

The stars of the show were joined at the premiere of their hit HBO comedy by fellow co-stars Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, and J.B. Smoove.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cheryl Hines

Other stars at the event included Cheryl‘s husband Robert Kennedy Jr, Andrew Rannells, Jake Lacy, Rachael Harris, John Oliver, Rebecca Creskoff, and Keegan Michael Key.

Season nine of Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres on Sunday, October 1 on HBO.

FYI: Cheryl is wearing Stephen Webster and Tacori jewelry. John is wearing a ’47 hat.

15+ pictures inside of the stars at the Curb Your Enthusiasm premiere…More Here! »

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John Oliver Slams Donald Trump for Comments on Charlottesville Violence - Watch Here!

John Oliver is calling out President Donald Trump for his comments made about the white supremacist rally that took place on Saturday (August 12) in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides,” Trump said in his speech.

During last night’s (August 13) episode of Last Week Tonight, John joined a number of celebrities in condemning Trump for his failure to call out the white supremacists.

“Wait, on many sides?” John said in response. “This was a white nationalist rally, you have to call that out by name. There honestly aren’t many instances in modern American politics where you can honestly think, ‘That guy really should have mentioned the Nazis,’ but this is emphatically one of them. It’s like a reverse Godwin’s Law: If you fail to mention Nazism, you lose the argument.”

Watch the full segment below…

John Oliver – White Supremacist Rally