Whether or not they’re fans of his show (and most of them probably are), John Oliver stands up for his fellow late-night hosts.
McCain’s defensiveness led to a very uncomfortable, awkward interview.
After her appearance, McCain’s husband, Ben Domenech, publisher of the conservative press outlet The Federalist, went on a profanity-laden tweet storm against Meyers, referring to him as an “awful person” and a “monumental asshole.”
Domenech would later delete the tweets.
However, John Oliver definitely saw them and had a few seconds to spare during his Sunday broadcast to send McCain and Domenech some shade:
While speaking of the Icelandic BDSM anti-capitalist band Hatari, Oliver took an unexpected jab at McCain:
“You may be thinking that’s the most embarrassing child of a prominent political figure you’ve ever seen, but let me remind you of the continued existence of Meghan McCain!”
John Oliver: “You may be thinking that’s the most embarrassing child of a prominent political figure you’ve ever seen, but let me remind you of the continued existence of Meghan McCain!” https://t.co/MsmLqoOCm9
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) May 20, 2019
Oliver didn’t stop there.
He continued to rip into McCain’s husband for his behavior surrounding the Meyers interview:
“Oh no! Oh no! I bet her husband is going to get so mad at me now! What on earth is he going to tweet and then delete? I can’t wait to find out!”
oh my god, that Meghan McCain burn from John Oliver…nice! pic.twitter.com/t2ZsFxwPW3
— Maj (@1outside) May 21, 2019
Twitter, always a fan of continued drama, loved Oliver entering into the fray.
I got a weirdly visceral thrill watching John Oliver drag Ben Domenech for being a whiny pissbaby. https://t.co/xA7MGYyhDX
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) May 20, 2019
— Mr. Christopher C. (@ChrisVA84) May 20, 2019
People were also pretty happy to see McCain dragged for her positions:
— Miss b (@pink_nylon) May 20, 2019
Predictably, McCain didn’t respond to the jokes very well.
— D.B. Rivers (@DexterRivers1) May 20, 2019
Isn't perpetual victimhood exhausting? John Oliver has made a ton of jokes about a ton of people – you're the only one that's triggered. As per usual.
— flyingpixie (@_flyingpixie) May 20, 2019
Other people thought Meghan McCain didn’t deserve a joke… but her husband certainly did.
John Oliver’s slam of Meghan McCain was kind of a cheap shot but his delighted ridicule of Ben Domenech was only about 35% as mean as it should have been
— SnittyGrappleHat (@Popehat) May 20, 2019
Most people, however, were glad to see them both receive quality burns.
— feminine_mystique (@HuqRezwana) May 20, 2019
John Oliver was spot on about Meghan McCain.
— Christian ✨ (@Charris050617) May 21, 2019
Ben's gonna beeee so pissed!
— 𝔻𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕕 𝕃𝕖𝕠𝕤 (@dleos91745) May 20, 2019
And it was glorious. 👍
— Terryl (@terrylb89) May 20, 2019
About time someone said this explicitly
— Tim (@TimothysArt) May 20, 2019
Good job, John. More please. Let’s wake up Meghan.
— Miss Chloe (@patschurman) May 20, 2019
Well done, John Oliver; late-night hosts should stick together!
His show is 🔥
— Deep State Jezebel (@mrh12834) May 20, 2019