John Oliver promises $55,000 to charity if Connecticut city names sewage plant after him
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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver promised during his Sunday show to give $55,000 to local charities if a Connecticut city follows through on its joking threat to name its sewage treatment plant after him.

Danbury, Conn., Mayor Mark Boughton (R) had said on Facebook that the city planned to rename its sewage plant the “John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant” after the comedian criticized the town on his show.

“Why? Because it’s full of crap just like you, John,” Boughton said in the Facebook video.


Oliver said he was surprised but delighted at the idea, but slammed the city for not following through after the mayor said the video was made “in jest.”

“Wait, so you’re not doing it? Aw f--- you, Danbury,” Oliver said. “You had the first good idea in your city’s history, and you chickened out on the follow through. What a classic Danbury move. Listen, I didn’t know that I wanted my name on your shit factory but now that you floated it as an option, it is all that I want.”

Oliver then proposed donating $25,000 to the Connecticut Food Bank, $25,000 to fulfill all the requests "as of this taping" from Danbury teachers on the crowdfunding site Donors Choose and $5,000 to ALS Connecticut.

“I will happily do all of that if and only if your mayor makes good on his promise to officially name that sewage plant after me because I want this,” he said. “I need this.”

The comedian gave Danbury a one-week deadline before he said he would instead donate to “rival” towns, including Waterbury, Milford and Torrington.


Boughton replied on Twitter saying, “Yeah. We are on it @iamjohnoliver. Standby..”

Taylor O’Brien, the mayor’s spokesperson, told The Hill in a statement that the office plans to release a video response Thursday night. 

“We are honored by Mr. Oliver's generous donation, however, we have a couple of caveats that will be shared in our own video,” she said.

The mayor said the City Council would have to approve the potential renaming to make it official, The Associated Press reported

“I think it’s very generous and we appreciate that,” Boughton said. “It’s just a great distraction for people to get laughs.”

Oliver’s original expletive-filled rant against the city appeared in his Aug. 16 episode, which covered the racial disparities in jury selection. He reported that residents of the Connecticut cities Hartford and New Britain were excluded from selection. 

“If you’re going to forget a town in Connecticut, why not forget Danbury?” he asked.