HBO's John Oliver was booed on Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" on Monday night after broaching the possibility of President TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial MORE's reelection.
"We just passed the midpoint in Trump’s hopefully first and only term, and some say the end is in sight," said Colbert before Oliver jumped in.
"I definitely don’t have that kind of optimism," the host of HBO's popular "Last Week Tonight" said.
“To say we’re halfway through his presidency, I think, is to ignore the concept of a second term possibility. We are two to six years away from the end of his presidency.”
Oliver, a staunch Trump critic on his program, was interrupted by booing for the comment.
"Oh, wow. Is this some big Trump 2024 fans in here?" he jokingly asked.
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"He has to go at some point, constitutionally," Colbert noted on the program.
"We all have something to aim at," Oliver responded. "We all have a finish line, like in a marathon that we all stumble over, be covered in a cape and have someone say, you really shouldn’t have done that."
"Which is to stay alive till January 21, 2025?" Colbert asked.
"I think that’s what we all have to do, all of us, especially [Supreme Court Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsburg," Oliver said to laughs from the New York City audience.
Oliver and Colbert are Comedy Central alums. Oliver was a correspondent for Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" and served as a fill-in host for Stewart before jumping to HBO to host his own weekly show in 2015, while Colbert was signed by CBS after a long successful run hosting "The Colbert Report," also in 2015.