John Oliver on why he confronted Dustin Hoffman about sexual assault allegations

John Oliver has explained his decision to publicly confront Dustin Hoffman about the sexual misconduct allegations against him, saying he was stunned the actor even showed his face.

“I was surprised that he showed up in the first place,” Oliver said at a press event to promote the upcoming return of “Last Week Tonight,” according to the Daily Beast.

Oliver broached the subject of the allegations against Hoffman during a live panel he was moderating in celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Wag the Dog.” “This is something we’re going to have to talk about because … it’s hanging in the air,” he explained at the time.

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American actor Dustin Hoffman with his wife Anne Byrne at the Red Cross Gala. Monte Carlo, 1960s (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
American actor Dustin Hoffman with two potted plants. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
American actor Dustin Hoffman looking worried in the film Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? New York, 1971 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) American actor Dustin Hoffman. 12/25/1966
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1966: Actor Dustin Hoffman in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
US actor Dustin Hoffman poses with his wife Anne Byrne, in his swimming pool Hotel, 14 May 1975, during the Cannes International Film Festival. In 1967 Dustin Hoffman became famous with his role in 'The Graduate' which brought his first Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe in 1968 . He received many awards, Golden Globes and among them two oscars as Best Actor for 'Kramer vs. Kramer' in 1980 and 'Rain Man' in 1989. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Dustin Hoffman poses in May 1975, during the Cannes International Film Festival. In 1967 Dustin Hoffman became famous with his role in 'The Graduate' which brought his first Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe in 1968 . He received many awards, Golden Globes and among them two oscars as Best Actor for 'Kramer vs. Kramer' in 1980 and 'Rain Man' in 1989. (Photo credit should read /AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 12,1968: Actor Dustin Hoffman poses with a Golden Globe award for Most Promising Newcomer - Male in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES - MAY 07: Dustin Hoffman in Central Park on May 7, 1969 in New York City. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
LONDON - MARCH 08: Dustin Hoffman during an press conference for the film 'Straw Dogs' on March 8, 1970 in London. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
CALGARY - DECEMBER 23: LITTLE BIG MAN, theatrical movie originally released December 23, 1970. The film directed by Arthur Penn. Pictured, Dustin Hoffman (as Little Big Man), husband of Sunshine. Frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
CALGARY - DECEMBER 23: LITTLE BIG MAN, theatrical movie originally released December 23, 1970. The film directed by Arthur Penn. Pictured, Dustin Hoffman (as Jack Crabb, the Soda Pop Kid), during his gunfighter period. Frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
CALGARY - DECEMBER 23: LITTLE BIG MAN, theatrical movie originally released December 23, 1970. The film directed by Arthur Penn. Pictured, Dustin Hoffman (as Jack Crabb). Frame grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Dustin Hoffman in a scene from the film 'Papillon', 1973. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Dustin Hoffman during 7th Annual RFK Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament at Forest Hills in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Dustin Hoffman during 'The Eyes of Laura Mars' New York City Premiere - After Party at Xenon in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Dustin Hoffman and daughter during 1983 Your Choice Film Awards at Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
American actor Dustin Hoffman circa 1983. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
Actor Dustin Hoffman in half-leght, wearing a shirt and a pair of braces. 1985. (Photo by Mario Notarangelo/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Actor Dustin Hoffman (w. beard and mustache). (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Dustin Hoffman (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
Paris, France-04/04/95-American actor Dustin Hoffman. (Photo by Francis Apesteguy/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 648 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Dustin Hoffman during an interview with host Jay Leno on March 8, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
American Actor Dustin Hoffman (Photo by RUSSEIL christophe/Sygma via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 17: Director Steven Spielberg, actor Tom Cruise, actress Jodie Foster and actor Dustin Hoffman attend the Fifth Annual John Huston Award for Artists Rights Salute to Tom Cruise on April 17, 1998 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LONDON - JANUARY 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Actor Dustin Hoffman poses at the 'Meet The Fockers' Press Junket at The Dorchester Hotel on January 25, 2005 in London. The film is the sequel to 2000's hit comedy 'Meet The Parents' and stars Blythe Danner, Robert DeNiro, Barbra Streisand and Ben Stiller. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Dustin Hoffman and Ronald McDonald during 2003 World Childrens Day at McDonalds - Los Angeles at Los Angeles area McDonalds restaurant in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic)
Dustin Hoffman and Eva Mendes during 2005 MTV Movie Awards - Backstage and Audience at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 22: Actor Dustin Hoffman visits 'Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 22, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4394 -- Pictured: Actor Dustin Hoffman arrives on January 24, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Dustin Hoffman appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
Actor Dustin Hoffman attends the Premiere of Kung Fu Panda 3, in Hollywood, California, on January 16, 2015. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26: Dustin Hoffman attends the Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: Lisa Hoffman and Dustin Hoffman attend a screening of Netflix's on October 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Dustin Hoffman (L) and Lisa Hoffman attend the Laugh Gala & UK Premiere of 'The Meyerowitz Stories' during the 61st BFI London Film Festival at Embankment Gardens Cinema on October 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
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Broaching the topic with Hoffman seemed like a given considering the Q&A, Oliver said, “was about ‘Wag the Dog,’ a story about burying sexual harassment and the power that comes with that. So it seemed to me very, very weird not to bring it up.”

“It felt like he should’ve been aware that he was going to have to answer to this the next time he answered anything,” he continued. “I’m staggered if he honestly thought I wouldn’t bring it up. I don’t know how little he would have to think of me to think I wouldn’t bring that up. That’s pretty insulting.”

Hoffman was first accused in a guest column by Anna Graham Hunter for The Hollywood Reporter last month. In her piece, she accused Hoffman of attempting to grope her multiple times when she was just 17. In the weeks that followed, Hoffman was accused by eight more women of sexual misconduct.

“I have to believe that most people would have asked him about it,” Oliver said. “Then the only reason the conversation kept going was because his responses were pretty bad. I want to try to get him to a point of self-reflection, to try to get something out of the conversation at all, but that didn’t happen. I don’t think there was anything particularly remarkable about what I was asking. I think a lot of things were pretty dispiriting about how he was responding.”

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