But Oliver's friends back in England hated it.
In advance of the premiere of his new HBO show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," the comedian appeared on
"I thought I was OK until [Stewart] said, 'Are you all right?'," Oliver said. "And that's when I burst into tears."
But 24 hours later, when the show aired in the UK, the text messages began.
"I knew the minute it went out because I started getting abusive texts from my friends back home," Oliver said. "'Oh you are not crying on American TV. Tell me this gets funny soon. Lose this number. Never call me again.'"
So why didn't the moment translate across the pond?
"We're suspicious of emotion," Oliver said of his English brethren. "It's weakness.... You are bringing shame upon your family name to show emotion of any color."