John Oliver Reveals Reason He Paid $7000 For Russell Crowe's Leather Jockstrap


The HBO host wants to send it to the last remaining Blockbuster store in Anchorage, Alaska, to help save it from extinction. The internet speculated that the bidder was none other than Oliver himself, fueled by his earlier reference on the show lampooning the unusual nature of the auction, and that item itself. Three of them are in Alaska, where data streaming is still relatively expensive and has limited the dominance of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

Oliver discussed the threat to the last Blockbuster store on the show before revealing his purchases.

"I meant to do it, everyone should do it, and I'm gonna do it again forever.' I have got to say, if Trump's intention was to descend so far into self-parody that he somehow burrowed into the Earth's crust and came out on the other side, mission fucking accomplished". Numerous items up for sale raised eyebrows, particular the leather jockstrap that he wore in "Cinderella Man", the Ron Howard-helmed movie about a boxer in the 1930s.

After airing a clip showing a telephone bidder paying a whopping $7,000 for Crowe's jockstrap, Oliver then insisted, "The bad news is we didn't do it".

According to People magazine, Crowe sold the items last week in an auction titled "The Art of Divorce" after splitting from Danielle Spencer, his wife of 9 years.

The show also bought a pair of shorts and a robe from the same film, as well as a hood Crowe wore in Robin Hood, a vest from Les Miserables, and more.

Oliver said Washington's chair cost more. "We did though. We absolutely did", he said, moments later.

All the Anchorage Blockbuster has to do is contact Last Week Tonight within 48 hours to claim the items!