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A side-by-side shot of John Oliver sitting behind his desk and Adam Driver looking into the camera on a recent segment of "Last Week Tonight."

‘Star Wars’ Star Adam Driver Confronts John Oliver Over ‘Weird’ Sexual Advances

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By Kristin Myers

Although HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” has “The Daily Show” alum John Oliver covering important topics from claims of election fraud to net neutrality, some fans have been perplexed by the bizarre monologues about irrelevant tangents that make their way into his broadcast (although even we have to admit, octopi are pretty awesome).

Over this past season, Oliver has befuddled fans with remarks aimed at Oscar nominee Adam Driver. These comments, which seem to have appeared without any prompting from Driver, set the Internet ablaze with fans speculating why Oliver took aim at the notoriously private “Marriage Story” actor.

What Does Driver Think Of The Comments?  

John Oliver looks to the side of his screen to see that Adam Driver is Facetiming him in a recent segment of "Last Week Tonight."
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Driver has been quiet about the remarks, up until last night’s season finale, in which Driver himself appeared on the show to call Oliver out on his “strange” comments.

Oliver began his bit like any other, saying, “And of course, I spent the whole year demanding that Adam Driver demolish me. Crush my larynx, you unwieldy boulder.”

This time, his segment was interrupted by a Facetime call from none other than Driver himself, confronting John with a more subdued level of anger than you’d see from “Star Wars” villain Kylo Ren.

What Did Driver Say?

Adam Driver kneels down in full Kylo Ren costume in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his sketch for Saturday Night Live.
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Driver didn’t mince words, letting the five-time Emmy-award winning host know just how uncomfortable he was being the butt of the joke, saying:

“Hey, John… Listen to me: What the f--k are you doing? This bit? This bit, this thing you’ve been doing that’s either sexual or violent, this strange, strange bit that for some reason you’ve pulled me into. What is it? When you first started doing it, it was easy for me to shrug it off. But then it kept going on, and on, and on, and on. Stop talking. Do you realize, over this past year, what you’ve asked me to do to you? ‘Collapse on your chest.’ ‘Tie your fingers in a square knot.’ ‘Step on your throat.’ ‘Shatter your knees.’ ‘Pull your heart out through your ear.’ You realize we’re strangers, right? I don’t know you. And now, random people on the internet stan us.”

How Did Oliver Respond?

John Oliver cheers outside a sewer plant in Danbury, CT, that he got named after him, as the mayor of Danbury stands by and claps politely.
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Driver continued by saying, “You should be ashamed of yourself, because you know this was inappropriate” and appeared to seek an apology from the British-born comedian.

Unfortunately, an apology was not coming, as Oliver seemed confused as to what Driver was prompting him to say. “I was having some weird fun,” Oliver admitted before asking, “I’m…six feet of nasty, spankable bird meat crammed into a suit?”

“You’re sorry!” an exasperated Driver exclaims. “I’m tying to get you to say you’re sorry, Jesus Christ! You deeply weird, small, small thing!”

Are They Friends Now?

A drawing comedian John Oliver reposted on his Instagram account of him standing behind Adam Driver and touching his nipples.
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Although Oliver has gone so far as to repost fan images of the two together, it seems he might be finally ready to retire the gag. 

“I’m sorry, Adam, I’m truly, truly sorry,” Oliver finally confesses. “Consider this bit over. It’s done.”

“Okay, it’s fine,” Driver says as he appears to accept the apology. “Look, it’s been a rough year for everyone and I can tell it’s really gotten to you, sitting alone in your void. But I think, maybe, it might be time for you to step out of it for a bit. Get up from your chair. See what the world has to offer. Explore the space, man.”

“Huh, all right, yeah, I think I might,” Oliver concedes. “Just to be absolutely clear though, Adam, are you…giving me an order?”

After firing off some insults of his own, including calling Oliver an “under baked gingerbread boy,” Driver ends the call saying, “I hated this. Goodbye.”

“Oh God, this feels good,” Oliver whispers during the insult tirade before concluding, “That went really well.”

Although fans of Oliver and “Last Week Tonight” will have to wait until next season to see if he’s given up on his Adam Driver obsession entirely, fans of Driver can catch him in Ridley Scott’s historical drama “The Last Duel,” which just went back into production after its COVID-19 hiatus.

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