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.
John Oliver buys, forgives $15 million in medical debt -- TV's biggest giveaway ever (Video)
John Oliver during HBO's 13th Annual U.S. Comedy Arts Festival - The Moth: On Thin Ice at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for HBO)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 13: Comedian John Oliver performs in the comedy carnivale during Bonnaroo 2009 on June 13, 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by FilmMagic Inc/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 07: John Oliver and Aasif Mandvi attend the 61st Annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony at the Hudson Theatre inside the Millennium Broadway Hotel on February 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Host John Oliver speaks onstage at the 2011 A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's event at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/MJF2011/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 22: Kate Norley and John Oliver attend Comedians 'Stand Up' for Scleroderma at Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine at Caroline's On Broadway on October 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/Getty Images for Scleroderma Research Foundation)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 31: John Oliver entertains the crowd at the 6th Annual Crunchies Awards at Davies Symphony Hall on January 31, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for The Crunchies)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK--APRIL 4, 2014--Comedian John Oliver has a new HBO show 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, premiering April 27th. Photographed at the HBO office in New York on April 7, 2014. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0212 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian John Oliver during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on February 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: John Oliver -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Honoree John Oliver attends the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)