John Oliver skewers former FIFA official Jack Warner on Trinidadian TV

John Oliver went on Trinidad's TV6 network to send a plea to ex-FIFA official Jack Warner.

John Oliver went on Trinidad’s TV6 network to send a plea to ex-FIFA official Jack Warner.

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John Oliver’s crusade against corruption at FIFA continued Tuesday night when he took over the airwaves of Trinidad’s TV6 network.

In response to a paid political broadcast by former FIFA official Jack Warner called “The Gloves Are Off,” Oliver bought time for his own special called -- naturally -- “The Mittens of Disapproval are On.”

In the four-minute broadcast, the host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” urged Warner to release the trove of incriminating FIFA documents he claims to have in his possession.


“I am begging you, release everything,” he said, in the hopes that Warner was somewhere watching. “Here’s my argument: Why the hell not? It’s not like you’re not already potentially in a lot of trouble. Seriously, I’ve been looking through the indictment, and good luck with that.”

Oliver even used some Trinidadian slang to help get his point across -- or perhaps just amuse viewers with the sight of “the whitest person who has ever lived attempting to speak ‘Trini.’”

Always looking for the next punchline, Oliver also reasoned that Warner must have “some absolutely hilarious examples of FIFA corruption” he could share with investigators -- not unlike informant Chuck Blazer, who once maintained an apartment at New York’s Trump Tower strictly for use by his cats.

“I have no doubt that you know as many delicious secrets as he does,” Oliver said, “and you owe it to the whole world to tell us.”

Another reason Warner should hand over those documents, according to Oliver? Jail time will be a lot sweeter for Warner, knowing he brought down some other folks along the way.

“It’s like they say, snitches get smooches,” Oliver said. [Ed. note: That’s not what they say.] “So please, release the documents, Mr. Warner.”


His message complete, Oliver threw back to the network’s regularly scheduled programming, “Mike & Molly.” “I believe this week’s episode is called ‘Melissa McCarthy Still Can’t Get Out of Her CBS Contract.’”

The time-buy on TV6 is the latest satirical stunt by Oliver, whose show won a Peabody Award last week.

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