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Letter of the Week -- POM Wonderful (Web Exclusive): Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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In response to our segment in our premiere on food labeling, POM Wonderful sent us a refrigerator full of juice and an elegantly worded letter implying what we can do with it. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver
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Dave Autumns (5 days ago)
Superbly nuanced (british) ironic sarcasm... John you have met your equal. Awesome :-)
Nathaniel Beven (14 days ago)
i want more pom now. fuck.
Partially cringey, partially ingenious
ashtree80 (24 days ago)
This makes me really like POM Wonderful :)
TILR (28 days ago)
Lol
Minnie Mouse (1 month ago)
Update. Research from POM pomegranate is now verified and accurate. Drink to your health. It does even more than they claimed in the past. Google the research papers 2018 A.D.
Mckenzie Townsend (1 month ago)
How is this one of my favorite clips of John Oliver ever
Wei Ren Lim (1 month ago)
I think I'll buy a bottle of POM tonight.
PtolemyJones (1 month ago)
Wow, I may actually try a bottle after that reply, love a good sport.
Jarod Rhudy (1 month ago)
“And this is true” the best line of the show.
joseph brownbill (1 month ago)
You can taste the sarcasm.
hotdrippyglass (1 month ago)
Four years later and this is still the best bit of advertising that Pom Wonderful never could have paid for even with a billion dollars !!!!!
D.C. Gold. (1 month ago)
Pomegranate juice is great if your looking for a CYP3A Inhibitor, or a PDE5 Inhibitor.
Jon dow (1 month ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2QXMGYluzo
burnouttx (1 month ago)
Best way to get back at a comedian. Make them laugh.
Miss Kathy (1 month ago)
You know, that complaining really works. Years ago I wrote to GE and complained about the unavailability of rechargeable batteries. They sent me a box of them. I complained to Ben and Jerry's about a lack of marshmallow in their Phish Food. They sent me a bunch of coupons for free ice cream. I wrote to Kansas City Steaks about the poor quality of the meat I had received. Two whole boxes of really beautiful steaks.Nobody wrote me a note like Pom did, though.
daniel job (1 month ago)
Pay attention RNC - THIS is how you do Negative Advertising!
Daniel W. Sonntag (1 month ago)
Awesome
Helgali (2 months ago)
2:30 - John, no research is final.
Hebimaru (2 months ago)
What fun.
Sarah Trachtenberg (2 months ago)
If pomegranate tastes like sarcasm, bring it on. BTW those are two things I love for real.
xxCrazyIzzyxx (2 months ago)
I just watched this, I manage a produce department and have to deal with POM sales rep's all the time. Telling you right now if I see any of those "may contain dogs" stickers on those juices I'm fucking leaving them there. POM reps are smug annoying little fucks.
Malvavisco (2 months ago)
When he says "bottle," it sounds like "butthole." Lol!
felixvelariusbos (2 months ago)
I still come back to watch this; I feel like it's the one time somebody truly got one over on Oliver after all of the trolling he has wrought, and they did it in such a beautiful way. A+ POM
Ivory Alexander (4 days ago)
felixvelariusbos Russell Crowe got one over on him
Rosario Longoria (2 months ago)
hey Oliver..what about those cheap phones Apple makes????😜
Covert Mollusc (2 months ago)
Classy retort, indeed.
Sam Lawrence (2 months ago)
That is just simply awesome. I love you John Oliver!
Christine Musorofiti (2 months ago)
Kudos lmao!!
Krystal Myth (3 months ago)
Amazing dry humor on that letter, gdamn.
Luke O'Connell (3 months ago)
Still one of the best responses the show has received
MegaChokoBons HonHon (3 months ago)
what is going on with that shirt
Ankit Sharma (3 months ago)
New respect for POM
Ashleigh Syller (3 months ago)
get some beef with Wendy's
Hunter McBride (3 months ago)
"Kudos"
Claramata (3 months ago)
I have never seen a man so tickled by being told off
Dreg10 (3 months ago)
LOL
Notendo (3 months ago)
John Oliver:1 POM:1 Well done POM, well done.
Blue A (3 months ago)
Have y'all seen the description 😂 "Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would" nice
Courtney Durham (3 months ago)
Three years later and this is still my most favorite segment from this show.
Julian Engel (3 months ago)
I am a bit disappointed. As I know Last week tonight I expected John Oliver to do something funny with the delivery, after they state you can do what ever you want with it.
Mard Cosplay (3 months ago)
This is such a classic
SupernalOne (3 months ago)
Pom is owned by Stuart Resnick and his wife (shown in the first clip touting Pom juice), and he essentially owns 80% of the water in California, and uses it to grow almonds for export: in spite of taking a gallon of water to grow a single almond, it is the most lucrative cash crop that can be grown there. California doesn't have droughts, it has a water monopoly.
xware (4 months ago)
I love the awkward wave at the beginning of the video
Vhale (4 months ago)
They are now officially my favourite company!!!!
David stowe (4 months ago)
Great job and good luck
Mary A. (4 months ago)
where’s the PR in pom working now?if still at pom did they get adeserved promotion
Bradley David (4 months ago)
Great stuff Pom! there is no smart arse reply to that....
Lukas K (4 months ago)
i love how john had to stop his audience laughting to deliver his punshline! he really deserved his cracker that day
Courtney Cornelius (4 months ago)
Love the pomegranate-colored tie LOL
Elektrotehnik (4 months ago)
10/10
Ankit Sharma (5 months ago)
man he knows how to roast
Varun menon (5 months ago)
HahaHahaHa
N Corp (5 months ago)
There actually have been many studies that show the many benefits of pomegranates, including decreasing prostate cancer. The reason they can't call their research "definitive" in regards to the effect on long-term illnesses is the fact that natural products have a much harder time with the FDA, which favors chemicals and the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. Studies for natural products get barely any government funding, and research on animals (even though it's only 10% effective) also gets more government grants. It's not a fair system, and I wouldn't put all my trust in the FDA by any means. I'd treat POM's claims as equal as any other claim. The FDA isn't the end-all to food/supplement/drug safety....after all, tons and tons and TONS of drugs that were approved by the FDA went on to kill lots of people before being taken off the market. We should give the benefit of acknowledgement/consideration to any food/nutrient/supplement/etc that has shown some evidence of helping people/animals, even if it's minimal. The lady from POM wasn't pulling that fact out of her ass - many, many people who specialize in nutrition and health have said the same thing about pomegranate.
lucian hull (5 months ago)
Get destroyed Oliver, get fucking destroyed...
whataboutredlorry (5 months ago)
Well played Pom Wonderful!
LetumComplexo (5 months ago)
I have tasted Pom. It's awful. And this is from someone who loves pomegranates.
John R. Johnston (6 months ago)
I enjoy "Last week" but fuck you Oliver for using Laugh tracks. Primitive . You make people laugh or not. Deal with the consequences.
Paula Choi (6 months ago)
This is honestly my favourite thing ever in recent times hahahaha
that guy (6 months ago)
I love pom
Mich Sza (6 months ago)
I believe Even John was amazed by that, Cudos POM
Leslie Sauceman (6 months ago)
I love John Oliver!!!!
Robius Sanny (6 months ago)
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Dave Thompson (6 months ago)
As an Englishman, I admired the tone of that letter beyond words
Angie Allen (6 months ago)
Just for the record: I like you and your show very much; I watch it on YouTube because I don't want to spend extra for HBO. You make me laugh and think which I find an excellent combination. I drink POM every day in a smoothie because I like the taste and it does have the usual health benefits of any fruit juice. I like their ads with the dragon and archers; very creative and entertaining. And, as a bonus, the bottles make adorable snowmen which I use to package various treats as Christmas gifts. I tend to binge watch your episodes (cheers to autoplay) and saw this one after a fan "mail" update. 1. Your looks are not repulsive. 2. The format of a deep look at one subject is great. 3. I would be interested to see if you could get thru one episode without the seemingly obligatory F-Bomb. I am a Mormon Democrat living in Utah. You do the math. Thanks for a great product.
Jordan Little (6 months ago)
I was waiting around this time 02:04 for a shot to ring out, and things suddenly going black.
Maria Hammarström (6 months ago)
There is NOTHING about this clip that isn´t hilarious.
Jasmin Sanchez (6 months ago)
So what will they do with all that juice XD
Maddi Blackford (7 months ago)
I'm fucking dying rn
CrazyLegs (7 months ago)
3 years later, FUCK YOU POM
Dave Campbell (7 months ago)
This is the funniest thing I have seen for quite a while. It is absolutely enema-netly brillent..
Cutflood (7 months ago)
This made me buy a bottle of Pom the next time I went shopping... Absolutely brilliant response.
Evan Garcia (7 months ago)
I’ve never tried Pom but I totally will now
Jomarcenter Media (7 months ago)
3:41 - attempt to get a free Rolex watch.
Alice Bertucci (7 months ago)
Amazing!!!!!
Kohdok (7 months ago)
I like it when a company has a sense of humor.
Alex Shimla (8 months ago)
Lols ! What a classy way this juice company choose. It's not easy to get back on Mr. Oliver. Non the less how was the jucie Mr. Oliver.
Anufenrir (8 months ago)
I can not think of a more passive aggressive response and I love it.
Nahuel Martínez (8 months ago)
That's an impressive PR team they must have
Martin Amarilla (8 months ago)
this video is a classic
Justin Nehls (8 months ago)
LOL 2:24
Vrael (8 months ago)
This had to have been written by a British person at Pom.
Nimit Parekh (8 months ago)
What they’re basically saying is: Dear John Oliver, f*ck you. Here’s s crate off our product, go shove it up you’re a*s. I think this is the first time in the history of the world than anyone has outwitted John Oliver. It’s like someone out manipulating Petyr Baelish, or out thinking Tyrion Lannister
Gabriel Falcão (8 months ago)
Man, this was the day John Oliver got owned hard. Hahahahahaha Good people do good jokes.
Josh Blaho (9 months ago)
What a brilliant marketing strategy! Kudos.
Maggie Ayulo (9 months ago)
That was GREAT on the part of POM Wonderful to write that letter! Love that they had a positive & funny approach to John Oliver.You know he is drinking the case in his dress room right now!
Aly Reed (9 months ago)
This was FUCKING HILARIOUS oh my god
Brendan Risney (9 months ago)
This is hilarious! I'm dying over here! Somebody send me some POM!
Kathleen McGann (10 months ago)
What or who is POM?
Sami Motaghedi (10 months ago)
I love this! How clever!
Louis Todd (10 months ago)
Ayyyy a completely reasonable response to being made fun of by John Oliver. I can see the pr people at Murray Energy now..."should we send them a joking response that makes our company look like it cares? Nah. Lawsuit"
Jennifer Johnson (10 months ago)
I needed this laugh. Thank you, John Oliver - and POM.
Nymphodora bolton (10 months ago)
Hats off to Pom! Amazing well crafted and thought out letter!
christdragon (10 months ago)
POM earns big kudos from me for responding in this way. This is so unlike most companies. I hope many other companies will learn to respond to any criticism this way. Thanks.
macsmith2013 (11 months ago)
Well played, POM.
Annika Burks (11 months ago)
if humiliating and making fun of a product gets you tons of the product let me just say: Tesla electric suvs are terrible cars which can barely run for 3 minutes before having to get recharged, endless pools are horrific exercise things and are way too expensive and take up too much space, Hamilton tickets are worthless pieces of sh*t that at best get you a seat in the very back...
sea monkey (11 months ago)
I KNEW IT, I always thought they would be EVIL, KNEW IT
Jennifer Wilson (11 months ago)
Great reaction! It sounds like they can take a joke!
Lost Pony (11 months ago)
O M G is that letter real? I have never seen such great sporting response to any fun-poking and I have to start drinking POM or, doing something else with it now.
Marquiz Milton (11 months ago)
well played Pom. very well played. elegant, witty and solid. and Kudos to Jon Oliver for making a piece around it.
Sushkis Daniels Albrehts (11 months ago)
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