UPDATE: Last Week Tonight‘s official Twitter account disputed Trump’s claims that he turned down offers to appear on the admittedly “boring” show, saying “at no point did we invite Donald Trump to appear on it.”
A couple of points… 1. Yes, we have a boring show. 2. At no point did we invite Donald Trump to appear on it. https://t.co/qjpg9FLb0V
— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) November 1, 2015
John Oliver recently told Stephen Colbert that he “couldn’t give less of a shit” about Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. In a visit to CBS This Morning Friday, the Last Week Tonight host reiterated that he doesn’t “even care about [Trump]” and, when asked whether he’d want the mogul to appear on his show, Oliver firmly responded “No.” However, Trump responded by revealing that Last Week Tonight producers did ask him to come on the HBO series, and that he declined the invitation in his typical disparaging terms.
“John Oliver had his people call to ask me to be on his very boring and low-rated show,” Trump tweeted Saturday. “I said ‘NO THANKS’ Waste of time & energy!” Trump was also scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in October but cancelled last-minute due to “cryptic” scheduling conflicts. Barring any unexpected setbacks, Trump will serve as host of the November 7th episode of Saturday Night Live.
.@thehill 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2015
As for why Oliver didn’t want Trump on Last Week Tonight, in addition to avoiding the primaries as a topic in general, the host explained, “I don’t even have anything to say to [Trump]. He’s said everything he wants to say. He has no internal monologue, so it’s not like you’re going to find the secret nugget he’s been holding back. He’s an open book, and that book doesn’t have many interesting words in it.”