George Santos Doesn’t Belong in Congress: “He Belongs on Bravo,” Says John Oliver

On Friday, Republican George Santos was expelled from Congress due to his history of telling elaborate lies and a 23-count federal indictment on charges including wire fraud, money laundering, and theft of public funds. (Santos has pleaded not guilty to all charges.) By Sunday, late-night host John Oliver, who once compared Santos to artificial intelligence, was reveling in the man’s ouster—and pitching his next place of employment.

“They finally kicked George Santos out,” Oliver began on HBO’s Last Week Tonight. “I say ‘finally’ because it was their third attempt at doing that. Apparently, it takes three tries to get rid of him—a sort of reverse-Beetlejuice situation, if you will.”

Santos was voted out by a bipartisan coalition following the release of a “scathing” report from the House Ethics Committee that claimed it had found evidence of criminal activity, including Santos allegedly spending campaign funds on Botox, Sephora, and OnlyFans. “But I have to say, if you’re gonna do something you’re not supposed to do, that is the way to fucking do it!” Oliver said. “Looking good, going out, and getting off on gig economy porn? How am I supposed to be mad? He spent campaign funds vibing out on diva shit.”

The host then reviewed the laundry list of scandalous headlines Santos had spawned during his short time in office, from the erroneous claim that his mom died because of 9/11 to toting a mystery baby through the halls of Congress in the final weeks of his political reign. “The truth is, this man never belonged in Congress. He belongs on Bravo,” Oliver said. “That kind of messiness isn’t just friends of behavior, it’s full-on Housewife. Santos was a match at giving us A-plus headlines like, ‘George Santos has meltdown while holding mystery baby,’ and by the way, when Santos was asked if that baby was his, his answer was ‘Not yet’—which is the single funniest possible answer.”

He added of the disgraced congressman, who became only the sixth House member in history to be forcibly removed from office, “Santos clearly didn’t deliver for his constituents, but he delivered hard for the rest of us. And I don’t want him to be in my government, and I don’t want to sit next to him on an airplane. But I definitely want him in Andy Cohen’s menagerie of damaged human beings.”

Bravo contract or not, there is evidence to suggest that Santos’s pop cultural power is only beginning. Over the weekend, he received a cheeky musical sendoff on Saturday Night Live, with Bowen Yang singing a piano ballad as Santos titled “Scandal in the Wind.” The following day, Santos evidently agreed to sit down with Ziwe for an interview, replying to her pitch for why he’d be an iconic guest by writing on X (formerly Twitter), “Let’s do it.” And there’s already an HBO movie about his rise to infamy coming from Veep and Succession executive producer Frank Rich. The project will be adapted from The Fabulist, a new book about Santos by journalist Mark Chiusano—who just so happened to be a guest bartender this week on Cohen’s own late-night show, Watch What Happens Live.

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