John Oliver Relives His Emotional Daily Show Goodbye with Fallon

John Oliver continued his pre-HBO debut media tour last night with a stop on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. While there, he was forced to relive the emotional send-off he received from The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart late last year. “That was hard, I loved that man,” Oliver told Jimmy Fallon of his former boss at Comedy Central. “He’s one of my favorite people in the world.” He said he thought he going to be able to keep it together until Stewart asked him if he was alright, at which point he “burst into tears.” Oliver also discussed the reaction the clip got some his friends back home in England who couldn’t believe he was openly crying on American television. “We’re suspicious of emotion,” he said of Brits. … [Read more...]

Justin Bieber Apologizes for Snapping Picture at Japanese War Shrine

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Here’s some news for you: Justin Bieber isn’t exactly that knowledgable about world affairs. Case in point, on his Japan trip he visited a Japanese war shrine honoring the nation’s fallen during World War II… including war criminals. Bieber visited the Yasukuni shrine and posted a photo to his Instagram from the scene. Well, Bieber was immediately reprimanded for going. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry condemned Bieber’s visit, saying, “I hope this Canadian singer, after his visit, can have some knowledge of the Japanese militaristic history of external aggression and their militaristic thinking.” Well, Bieber eventually got wind that people were criticizing him and posted an apology on Instagram. While in Japan I asked my driver to … [Read more...]

Feds: We Definitely Didn’t Target Dinesh D’Souza for Obama Criticism

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In response to Dinesh D’Souza‘s accusations that he was unfairly investigated for campaign fraud, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan categorically denied that the pundit had been selectively targeted due to his criticism of Barack Obama, calling his claims “entirely without merit” in a recent court filing. D’Souza currently stands accused of using acquaintances to donate money to Wendy Long, a long-time friend challenging Kristin Gillibrand‘s Senate seat, with the understanding that they’d be reimbursed in the future. While he’s been making the rounds on the the talk show circuit, claiming that he’s a victim of political persecution, the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharat said that they began investigating D’Souza after a … [Read more...]

Colbert Helps Letterman Beat Fallon in Late Night Ratings

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Looks like David Letterman got the “Colbert bump” last night. In Nielsen’s metered-market households, The Late Show scored a 2.5 rating, beating consistent front-runner The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which had a 2.3. Jimmy Kimmel Live! was third with a 1.7. In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, Fallon remained on top in the coveted 18-49 demo with an 0.9 rating while Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel tied for second with an 0.5. Colbert’s appearance on The Late Show Tuesday night was the first time he had sat down with Letterman after accepting the offer to replace him on CBS next year. The two men discussed Colbert’s previous brushes with Late Show glory, from turning down an internship in 1986 to failing to get a job as a write on the show in … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Warren Seizes Democratic Hearts; Will Hillary Risk Another Embarrassment?

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Hillary Clinton remains the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee. Her only potent competition is a freshman Democratic senator who, while enjoying the support of the party’s progressive elements, is relatively unknown and makes the party’s traditional donor class nervous. Nothing, it seems, can stand in Clinton’s way. Sound familiar? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the darling of her party’s progressives, is on a media tour promoting an autobiographical book some believe lays the groundwork for a campaign. She has appeared this week on friendly venues ranging from The Daily Show and The Rachel Maddow Show. Warren is venerated by her party’s most influential, many of whom appear to struggle in the perfunctory effort to summon up enthusiasm for a potential … [Read more...]