John Oliver regrets Dustin Hoffman confrontation

John Oliver has spoken out about the time he recently slammed Dustin Hoffman over his statement regarding the claims of sexual harassment made against him.

Appearing on The Russell Howard Hour show, the 40-year-old said: "It felt unavoidable and that we had to have a discussion about it".

"It wasn't ideal that it became such a big story because then it became about my questions rather than his answers," he continued during his appearance on the show on Friday.

John Oliver has spoken out about the time he recently slammed Dustin Hoffman over his statement regarding the claims of sexual harassment made against him. Source: Getty

"The questions weren't particularly remarkable, but his answers were kind of not great."

Oliver expressed that he hoped their discussion could have been more constructive.

"I tried and failed," he said. "The whole thing just made me feel sad."

Earlier this month John slammed Dustin Hoffman over his statement regarding the claims of sexual harassment made against him.

The Last Week Tonight host didn't back down earlier this month, saying Hoffman's apology "p***es him off". Source: HBO

In the heated war of words during a Q&A panel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of movie Wag the Dog, the Last Week Tonight host grilled the 80-year-old actor and refused to back down when Hoffman tried to explain his public statement and apology.

"You’ve made one statement in print - does that feel like enough to you?" Oliver asked the actor referring to the apology Hoffman made after a former production assistant told The Hollywood Reporter last month the star had sexually harassed her while working on the 1985 film Death of a Salesman.

"First of all, it didn’t happen, the way she reported," Hoffman replied, according to Deadline.

However the British talk show wasn't accepting of Hoffman's response saying it "p***es him off".

"It’s that part of the response to this stuff that p***es me off. It is reflective of who you were," he started. "You’ve given no evidence to show that it didn’t happen. There was a period of time when you were creeping around women. It feels like a cop-out to say, 'Well, this isn’t me.' Do you understand how that feels like a dismissal?"

However Hoffman was quick to respond saying "You weren’t there" before Oliver fired back "I'm glad".

Hoffman tried to blame his actions on the time period, causing Oliver to continue his grilling. Source: Getty

Last month actress Anna Graham-Hunter told The Hollywood Reporter Hoffman had sexually harassed her back in 1985, when she was then a 17-year-old.

The heated exchange continued throughout the panel discussion, with Hoffman telling Oliver he had put him "on display" in front of the audience.

“You’ve put me on display here.... You have indicted me... That’s not innocent until proven guilty," Deadline reports he said at one point.

While trying to explain that his actions could have been a product of the time period, Oliver was quick to go on the offensive once again.

"I don’t love that answer either," the comedian replied before Hoffman shot back "What response do you want?"

The actor said he had been "put on display" during the heated exchange. Pictured with wife Lisa Hoffman. Source: Getty

"It doesn’t feel self-reflective in the way it seems the incident demands. I get no pleasure from this conversation. But you and I are not the victims here," Oliver added.

"Do you believe this stuff you’re reading?" Hoffman added, referring to the claims that were published in THR and Variety.

Refusing to back down, the late night host said he did "because she would have no reason to lie" which received cheers from the audience with one crowd member shouting "Thank you for believing women."

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