Watch John Oliver's Brief, Heartbreaking Commentary on the Orlando Massacre

Host of 'Last Week Tonight' on HBO Reminds Us That 'That Terrorist Dipshit Is Vastly Outnumbered'

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On Sunday, as the news divisions of major media companies covered the worst mass shooting in American history, their entertainment divisions also struggled to cope with how to appropriately respond to the tragedy. TNT, for instance, announced that it was delaying the broadcast of the third-season premiere of "The Last Ship," because the plot involved a nightclub shooting. The Tony Awards, telecast on CBS, dedicated the show to the victims gunned down at Orlando's Pulse nightclub, and earler in the day the producers announced they'd be eliminating the use of prop muskets in a performance by the cast of the Broadway musical "Hamilton."

And on HBO's "Last Week Tonight," which is pretaped, host John Oliver appeared at the start in a brief, new segment in which addressed viewers from his desk, noting that "It's hard to even know what to do in the wake of an event like this. We do have a comedy show for you -- we'll begin it in a minute with what will seem like jarringly inappropriate jangly music." But he also spoke emotionally about how "Right now, this just hurts. And the worst thing is, this pain is so familiar. In Paris last November, terrorists seemed to target places symbolizing everything that is wonderful about France: culture, music, restaurants. And, in Orlando, early this morning, the gunman attacked a Latin night at a gay club in the theme-park capital of the world. And for the record, I will happily embrace a Latin night at a gay club at the theme-park capital of the world as the ultimate symbol of what is truly wonderful about America."

He also showed a clip, introucing it by saying, "On a day when some dipshit terrorist wants us to focus on one man's act of brutality and hatred, it might be worth seeing this video, which was posted to Twitter today. It shows hundreds and hundreds of people this morning lining up around the block in Florida, waiting to donate blood. And it kind of reminds you that that terrorist dipshit is vastly outnumbered."

Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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