John Oliver Pulls Off TV’s Biggest Giveaway, Buys and Forgives $15 Million in Medical Debt
The late night talk show host may have officially taken Oprah’s charity crown.
Oprah has long been known as the most generous person on TV, and no one has ever topped her famous 2004 car giveaway. Until now, that is. Last night (Jun. 5, 2016), Last Week Tonight host John Oliver explored the topic of debt in America and just how out of hand it’s gotten, but before the show was over, the host put his money where is mouth is.
At the end of the segment, Oliver announced that he along with HBO had bought close to $15 million dollars in outstanding and overdue medical debt. The generous donation, which clocked in at about twice the cost of Oprah’s car giveaway, will help 9,000 people who are drowning in medical debt.
Launch the video up top to see the historic moment.