John Oliver Reveals Reason He Paid $7000 For Russell Crowe's Leather Jockstrap


On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver confirmed rumors that his show purchased props from Crowe's "The Art of Divorce" auction, where the actor (along with Sotheby's) put a lot of random memorabilia, guitars, and Australian art work Crowe collected over his nine-year marriage up for sale. He wasn't sure how to get hold of Oliver or the show to say yes.

Oliver revealed on HBO Sunday night that he paid $7,000 for the leather codpiece that Crowe wore in the 2005 boxing film "Cinderella Man".

"There has been some speculation out there that we were the ones who bought that jockstrap, and I will admit that it does sound like something we would do", Oliver said.

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"So, on Tuesday, as you scrape together your taxes and like Cardi B, wonder what Uncle Sam is doing with your motherf--ing money, rest assured that Donald Trump's tax reform continues to let companies engage in sophisticated tax avoidance schemes", Oliver said. "It wasn't us. We didn't buy it".

Blockbuster was once synonymous with movie nights with thousands of video rental stores across the country, but today has just a handful of locations still operating. Have a look at the video below, if you're not scrambling to complete your own taxes before they're due on April 17.

'To the manager of the only remaining Blockbuster in Anchorage, Alaska: "Just call us in next 48 hour and we will send it to you", Oliver announced. "I'm sorry it wasn't us, we didn't buy it..." before he immediately added: "We did, we absolutely did!" The winnings also included the set chairs of Crowe (and, for some reason, Denzel Washington) from their time on American Gangster, as well as the vest Crowe wore in the film Les Miserables, and a hood Crowe wore in Robin Hood.