Last Week Tonight Receives Peabody Award Nomination

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is now a three-time Peabody Award nominee, and the only late-night show to be recognized by the prestigious organization this year 

Earlier today The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced this year’s 27 nominees in the Arts, Children’s/Youth, Entertainment, and Interactive & Immersive categories, and Last Week Tonight’s November 2023 episode “Israel-Hamas War” made the list.

The episode is described by the Peabodys as “clear-eyed,” and recognizes Oliver’s own statement from the show that “any conversation around [the war] has to begin with empathy.”

This won’t be the first go-round for Last Week Tonight at the Peabodys. The show is 2-for-2 in Peabody nominations and wins. It won its first in 2015, and again in 2018.

If a third win feels like a stretch, it’s worth keeping in mind that Oliver and team have also won every Emmy Award the show’s ever been nominated for–sixteen in all. 

The winners of the 84th annual Peabody Awards will be revealed Thursday, May 9, with a ceremony following on June 9 in Los Angeles.

Oliver’s Peabody-nominated segment on the Israel-Hamas War can be viewed on YouTube.

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