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John Oliver and His Wife Have the Perfect Meet-Cute Story

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrities Are Better than You | April 23, 2014 | Comments ()


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The New York Times profiled John Oliver this week, ahead of the debut of his new late-night show, Last Week Tonight, which premieres this Sunday (because great, what we needed were more shows to watch on Sunday night). It’s expected to air weekly, 35 weeks a year (as Bill Maher’s show does), so get used to losing another hour of sleep on Sunday night as we absorb all the week’s headlines in satirical form.

It’s a fun profile, but the bit that stuck out for me the most was about how he met his wife. It involved the Republican National Convention, The Daily Show and the threat of deportation.

From the Times:

Among the highlights of his ensuing career at “The Daily Show, probably the most memorable for him was covering the 2008 Republican Convention in St. Paul. As his usual obnoxious correspondent, he was at risk because he could not afford to get arrested for anything — deportation loomed. So when he wandered into a restricted area and was pursued by security, he sought refuge among some veterans invited by pro-military politicians. The one who helped Mr. Oliver hide out was a female vet, Kate Norley. He was grateful, took down her email and married her three years later.

There is so much fun irony to this. John Oliver, a liberal British citizen at the Republican National Convention there to poke fun at Republicans, meets a pro-military Iraq War veteran (she was a combat medic) who has appeared on Fox News (as a friendly guest) who was there to advocate for Republican candidates. She saves him from deportation, and three years later, they’re married.

Why? Because love doesn’t give a sh*t about politics.

Oliver, by the way, is now free from the threat of deportation thanks to his marriage to Norley.

Source: NYTimes



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  • e jerry powell

    The cable guide says it's only a half-hour. I don't think it's going to take another 30 minutes to process...

  • emmalita

    Another 30 minutes to stop giggling and guffawing.

  • Lawrence Aggleton

    Obligatory FU Chris. Looking forward to this on Sunday though!

  • Maddy

    I always wondered about this. On the Bugle he always sounds so proud of her and self deprecating it's adorable

  • Joseph Finn

    When she was working on the Philippines relief last year, he sounded so damn worried, you could tell the love there.

  • BendinIntheWind

    This is the cutest thing I've ever read. I just want to print out a million copies and shred them up to fill my pillow, because I'm sure it would be softer than goose down.

  • BWeaves

    Wow! She's smart, poised, kick ass and model beautiful. He hit the jackpot. And I bet she has a fantastic sense of humor, too.

  • emmalita

    In the header picture, and with everything he says about his wife, he makes it clear that he thinks he is the luckiest man on the planet.

  • cox

    his face here is all "i know, right?!"

  • cox

    Oliver kicking ass as the host of the daily show was my favorite pop culture event of 2013, hands down. the guy is magic, and im so excited that the rest of the world is getting on with the program.

    long live the bugle!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • I know how he feels. One time, I took refuge in the bushes outside Monica Bellucci's house, and I ended up getting deported. *sigh* Love works in mysterious ways.

  • Mrs. Julien

    If you had saved some beer to offer to the police instead of drinking it all you would probably still be there.

  • This is true. When will I learn?

  • John W

    Love is...what did Lord Voldemort call it....Old Magic.

  • barlowjk

    I love this story. Listeners of The Bugle podcast will remember a few months ago, when Oliver's wife had gone to the Philippines to help victims of the typhoon --he was a wreck, and they did not report on the situation at all. It was really touching..

  • Ofir Fishkin

    When he went to the Republican Convention again in 2012 he told this joke: " I cant wait to meet my new wife, and you know who hates that joke? my current wife"

  • cox

    i was just thinking about that one! he was asked to go to GQ man of the year awards/dinner thingy, and he refused because his wife was doing "roadside amputations at the time, and he felt like platinum asshole". john oliver is seriously, seriously, the best.

  • barlowjk

    For that, and for the "Rat & Paedophile" joke from the Daily Show, he seriously is.

  • John G.

    and they have a puppy together too.

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