John Oliver‘s popular HBO series Last Week Tonight is set to return this Sunday, but the host received a rather unexpected reaction during a visit on CBS’ Late Show With Stephen Colbert Monday night.
“What do you make of the new political reality you’ve returned to? Because your last show was just before the midterms,” Colbert asked his former Daily Show colleague. “We just passed the midterm point in Trump’s first, and hopefully only, term and some are saying, ‘oh the end is in sight.’ I don’t say that, but others are.”
“I definitely don’t have that kind of optimism,” Oliver said. “To say we’re halfway through his presidency is to ignore the concept of a second-term presidency. We are two-to-six years away from the end of his presidency, the Constitution has given us—”
And that’s when the crowd booing began.
“—oh wow,” Oliver noted the reaction, then joked: “Is there some big Trump 2024 fans here?”
“Constitutionally he has to go at some point,” Colbert continued.
“Yes, we all have something to aim at,” Oliver said. “We all have a finish line, like in a marathon, we can stumble over and have somebody cover us in a silver cape and say, ‘You really shouldn’t have done that.’ … We all have to stay alive — especially Ruth Bader Ginsberg. If she can function Tinkerbell style where we can just keep her alive but us clapping our hands, then Pelosi needs to go full alligator clap.”
Last Week Tonight airs Sundays on HBO.