Host John Oliver held nothing back on Sunday night during his most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight.”
The April 3 episode was released exactly one week after the infamous Will Smith Oscar slap rocked the world. One week later, the topic is still being hotly debated, as Chris Rock has yet to publicly discuss the incident at length.
But it wasn’t Smith or Rock that Oliver took fault with on Sunday night. Instead, he took aim at O.J. Simpson and his take on the infamous slap seen around the world.
John Oliver Joins ‘Saturday Night Live’ In Mocking O.J. Simspon’s Slap Response
On Sunday night’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” the former “The Daily Show” correspondent showed a video of O.J. Simpson wearing sunglasses and sharing his perspective on the Will Smith Oscars slap to the camera.
“It was unfortunate,” he said. “I think Will was wrong. Look, I understood the feeling.”
Oliver was quick to call him out. “Nope. Not you, O.J. No one wants to hear from you on this, especially when you seen to be coming live from the COVID patio of a Señor Frog’s.”
He told O.J. Simpson, “You can just sit this one out.”
The Emmy-award-winning host then compared O.J. Simpson’s polarizing opinion to women at a bachelorette party ordering brunch.
“Think of this situation like a rowdy bachelorette ordering a mimosa,” he quipped. “We want as little juice involved here as humanly possible.”
Oliver was far from the only person to mock O.J. Simpson and his response to the Oscar slap. On Saturday, April 2, “Saturday Night Live” featured Kenan Thompson impersonating O.J. Simpson during the fan-favorite Weekend Update segment, which heavily discussed the controversial slap.
‘SNL’ Joins John Oliver In Roasting O.J. Simpson
During the popular “Saturday Night Live” Weekend Update segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che welcomed Kenan Thompson on as O.J. Simpson to give his side of the take. When Che asked him whether he was supporting Chris Rock or Will Smith, Simpson replied, “Michael, you know me. I hate conflict. They both seem like good guys. But honestly, I didn’t even understand Chris Rock’s joke. I mean, what the h— is G.I. Jane?”
When Che told him it’s a ‘90s movies, Simpson said, “The ‘90s? Oh, I don’t remember nothing from the ‘90s.” He then admitted that Smith might have overreacted by slapping Rock, saying, “I mean, Will, I don’t want to say that you’ve got rage issues, but if the glove fits… I’m just saying.”
Simpson then mentioned that “Chris isn’t exactly innocent,” adding, “Nobody likes to be made fun of. I mean, you might be too young to remember, but people used to make a lot of mean jokes about me.”
He said that people used to make fun of him for “all kinds of stuff,” explaining that the “point is, sometimes, jokes can go too far, especially when it’s about another man’s family, because like Will Smith said in his speech, love will make you do crazy things, allegedly.”
When Che brought up the discussion of taking away Smith’s new golden trophy, Simpson yelled, “You ain’t taking my trophies away!”
Michael Che Mocks Will Smith’s ‘Crazy’ Oscar Speech
Shortly after he stormed the stage and slapped Chris Rock, Will Smith took the stage for the second time that night to claim his first-ever Best Actor Oscar for his role in “King Richard.” During his speech, he confessed, “Love will make you do crazy things.”
“You know what else makes you do crazy things? Crazy,” Che quipped. “But I understand where Will’s coming from. I mean, you can’t expect him to sit there and watch another man jump all over his wife… without signing an NDA.”
Jost also explained that Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Friday before the Academy could expel him. Although the idea of expulsion was floated, insiders in the industry said that it was more likely that Smith was going to be suspended, not expelled.
“He wasn’t going to [resign], but then Jada gave him that look,” Jost joked.
If he had been expelled, he would have joined a “small group of people” that included Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and Roman Polanski. Or, as Jost referred to them, “Bad Boys for Life.”