Jason Sudeikis, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale lend a hand

By Breanne L. Heldman
Updated August 08, 2016 at 02:14 PM EDT
Credit: HBO

John Oliver took on the frightening future of print journalism on Sunday night’s Last Week Tonight, enlisting the likes of Jason Sudeikis, Bobby Cannavale, and Rose Byrne to help make his point.

“Journalists: The heroes that we root for in movies like All the President’s Men, The Great Muppet Caper, and, most recently, Spotlight,” he began. “One of the things that made Spotlight so powerful is the knowledge that the newspaper industry today is in big trouble. Papers have been closing and downsizing for years, and that effects all of us.”

He went on to show just how much other news outlets — including TV and his own show — lean on the reporting done by print journalists and detail the rapidly declining advertising revenues.

“A big part of the blame for this industry’s dire straits is on us and our unwillingness to pay for the work journalists produce. We’ve just grown accustomed to to getting our news for free, and the longer we get something for free, the less willing we are to pay for it,” Oliver said. “Sooner or later, we are either going to have to pay for journalism or we are all going to pay for it, because if we don’t, not only will malfeasance run amok, but the journalism movies of the future are going to look a lot more like this.”

Cue the Spotlight spoof, featuring the aforementioned stars, as well as House of Cards‘ Mahershala Ali and The Middle actor Brian Doyle-Murray. In the clip, Cannavale is a journalist trying to put together an article about corruption as his editor (Sudeikis) demands more stories about a raccoon that looks like a cat.

Watch the full clip above.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.

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