How Russell Crowe and koalas made Last Week Tonight host John Oliver 'quit' his show

FP Staff

May,08 2018 18:54:29 IST

Relax, John Oliver and Last Week Tonight fans. He's not really quitting the show.

It was all a joke. The host of HBO's Last Week Tonight said on Sunday that he'd achieved all he'd wanted for the show by having an Australian animal hospital's special ward to treat a chlamydia outbreak among koalas named for him.

This image released by HBO shows John Oliver, host of "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." Oliver said Sunday that he'd achieved all he'd wanted for the show by having an Australian animal hospital's special ward to treat a chlamydia outbreak among koalas named for him. He said, "goodbye, forever, everyone," as stagehands broke up his set around him. That inspired a wave of social media posts among fans wondering if he was serious. (Eric Liebowitz/HBO via AP)

John Oliver in Last Week Tonight. HBO

"Goodbye, forever, everyone," he said as stagehands broke up the set around him. "I regret nothing. I regret nothing. My work here is done."

Oliver can thank actor Russell Crowe for the honour. Last Week Tonight recently purchased some of Crowe's movie memorabilia — including an athletic supporter that was donated to a video store in Anchorage, Alaska, and is now on display.

Oliver's joke inspired a wave of social media posts among fans wondering if he was serious. No. It's a comedy show, after all. HBO said on Monday that he's scheduled to be back on the air next Sunday.

Crowe promised he'd make good use of the money earned from Oliver's show and, hearing of the koalas' health problems, donated it to an effort headed by the family of the late Steve Irwin, known as the Crocodile Hunter, to help the animals. The Irwins suggested putting up the plaque.

"Well played, Russell Crowe," Oliver said. "Well played, indeed."

With inputs from AP

Updated Date: May 08, 2018 18:54 PM