John Oliver Says Trump Never Invited on 'Last Week Tonight' Despite Claims: 'It's Dangerous How Good He Is At Lying'

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver has spoken out about President Donald Trump's claim that he turned down an invitation to appear on the Emmy-winning HBO satirical program, saying the president has never been invited on to the show.

In 2015, before he was elected president, Trump tweeted: "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!"

Oliver and Last Week Tonight denied such an invitation was ever extended at the time, but in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the British comedian said Trump's persuasive rhetoric is so impressive that he even second-guessed whether Trump might have been invited to appear on the program.

"It's a really discombobulating thing to think, 'I know you're wrong, but you are now more confident in your lie than I am in the truth,'" Oliver explained. "So I said to our staff: 'Please tell me—it's fine, no one is in any trouble—if you just reached out to do any fact-check that could be construed as an invitation.' And obviously the answer was no. But it's dangerous how good he is at lying in a way that you feel like he could pass a lie detector test."

Oliver added: "And to lie about something so utterly worthless? Lying about being invited on our show is the lowest-stakes lie imaginable. You are just emptying your ego down the toilet."

In 2017, Oliver turned Trump's tweet about appearing on the show into fodder for a caustic segment about joining the so-called "Trump Attacked Me on Twitter" Hall of Fame.

Accepting an award, Oliver said in the segment: "'Waste of time and energy,' that I will agree with [Trump] on. 'Very boring,' that is also accurate."

But, said Oliver, "'John Oliver had his people call to ask me to be on his show'—that is a lie."

"It was very odd to be on the receiving end of a lie that confident from someone that is now president," added Oliver. "It was a total lie. A meaningless lie. What kind of moron would lie about something this pathetic?"

Oliver, originally from Birmingham, England, has lived and worked in the U.S. since 2006 and finally became a U.S. citizen last December. He told The Hollywood Reporter that his decision to set roots in the U.S. is not an endorsement of the current president, however.

"Everyone in that room [for the naturalization ceremony] is making a commitment that long outlasts the current president," Oliver said. "You're vehemently endorsing the idea of America because the idea is still perfect. That's what was so moving about the ceremony."

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John Oliver poses with awards for Outstanding Variety Talk Series in the press room during the 71st Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Dan MacMedan/WireImage/Getty
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