Television giveaways have always been a big draw-card for audiences.
Oprah Winfrey gave away cars and trips to Australia, Ellen Degeneres hosts her ’12 days of giveaways’ each year and gives numerous cash gifts to those in need. Because what’s better than seeing deserving people get a helping hand?
Well, not one to be beaten, John Oliver has just made television history.
The Last Week Tonight host, promised viewers he was about to out-Oprah Oprah with his giveaway before announcing he would forgive $20million AUD of debt for over 9,000 Americans.
Oliver says he and his team spent $50 to start a debt collecting company, which he called Central Asset Recovery Professionals, "Or CARP, after the bottom-feeding fish”.
The Guardian reported Oliver spent the segment investigating debt collectors who, "buy debt from banks for cents on the dollar. These predatory collectors attempt to recoup the debt they purchased using threats and other aggressive tactics without first verifying the exact details of the debt."