Oliver, the host of the HBO show "Last Week Tonight", said on his program Sunday night that he had purchased what he called "pointless Russell Crowe movie memorabilia" from an auction the actor arranged to celebrate his divorce.
As you may have already heard, Russell Crowe generated quite a few headlines recently when he held a 'divorce auction' to raise money for just that - his divorce from wife Danielle Spencer. He also plans to send shorts and robe from the '05 boxing film, a hood from Robin Hood, and a vest from Les Miserables. Oliver noted that of the four independently-owned Blockbuster stores left in America, three are located in Alaska. "But if they are going to give it to us a blockbuster video in Alaska ..."
"We did though", he said, before yelling the famous line from Crowe's "Gladiator": "Are you not entertained?".
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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". Before auction, the estimated value of the item had been set at $500. "I'm sorry it wasn't us, we didn't buy it..." before he immediately added: "We did, we absolutely did!" Oliver bought Crowe's memorabilia so that it can be featured in Blockbuster's Anchorage, Alaska location as a "fun, movie-themed way to draw people in" and keep its doors open.
He made a call out on the show directed at the Debarr Blockbuster's management, giving them 48 hours to get in touch with Last Week Tonight producers, in order to claim the Crowe merchandise.