WWE Issues Statement On John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' Segment

Oliver addressed 'Independent contractor' status of Superstars...

On this week's episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver went in on WWE and the way they have done business with their Superstars down the years. Oliver highlighted the number of untimely deaths of WWE Superstars, as well as the company's lack of health insurance for its wrestlers.

WWE have fired back today, issuing the following statement (thanks to fightful for the transcription):

"John Oliver is clearly a clever and humorous entertainer, however the subject matter covered in his WWE segment is no laughing matter.

"Prior to airing, WWE responded to his producers refuting every point in his one-sided presentation. John Oliver simply ignored the facts.

"The health and wellness of our performers is the single most important aspect of our business, and we have a comprehensive, longstanding Talent Wellness program.

"We invite John Oliver to attend WrestleMania this Sunday to learn more about our company."

During the Last Week Tonight segment, Oliver said the following on Vince McMahon: “While the character Vince is an a**hole, it’s important to know that the real Vince is also an a**hole. Many fans legitimately hate him. While the WWE has made him a billionaire, many wrestlers say he’s treated him terribly.”

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