HBO's John Oliver Says GOP 'Absolutely Blew It' on Corporate Tax Reform

John Oliver spends $7K on Russell Crowe’s leather jockstrap

John Oliver spends $7K on Russell Crowe’s leather jockstrap

During the April 15 edition of "Last Week Tonight", Oliver revealed himself as the buyer not only of Crowe's jockstrap, but also of the actor's "American Gangster" set seat, "Les Misérables" jacket, and "Robin Hood" costume.

Oliver walked through the "long and infuriatingly proud history" of corporate tax avoidance, with a special nod to Apple and Google for being top "innovators in weaselly accounting", though GE and other huge companies paid zero federal taxes for much of this century. After introducing the segment with a nostalgia-fueled look back at Blockbuster, during which the show sourced KTUU's reporting, Oliver said he hopes to send the Crowe memorabilia to the Blockboster on Debarr Road.

The British star, who said he'd got a bit carried away with the online shopping, later admitted that he was going to give the entire collection to the last remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage. Oliver noted that of the four independently-owned Blockbuster stores left in America, three are located in Alaska.

John Oliver, host of HBO's Last Week Tonight, is known for preforming elaborate stunts on the show, and last Sunday he featured KTUU's reporting on the closure of multiple Blockbusters in Alaska.

"I mean, I'm not sure I want a Russell Crowe jockstrap". The Blockbuster in tiny North Pole, Alaska just closed its doors this month and another in Anchorage closed in February. All the manager there needs to do to claim this stuff is to call within 48 hours.

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