John Oliver buys, forgives $15 million in medical debt -- TV's biggest giveaway ever (Video)

John Oliver Just Gave Away More Money Than Oprah
John Oliver Just Gave Away More Money Than Oprah

John Oliver is trying to fix societal ills one step at a time — and he took a giant leap Sunday to the tune of $15 million.

The "Last Week Tonight" host legally purchased almost $15 million in medical debt, and with one press of a giant, fake prop button, he forgave it all. The generous move even topped Oprah Winfrey's signature "You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car" moment, becoming the biggest one-time giveaway in television history.

Of course, Oliver and HBO didn't pay $15 million for the privilege, they gobbled up all that outstanding debt for fractions of pennies on the dollar.

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