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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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Aaris Howton (3 hours ago)
I love pomegranate juice so they can really make whatever crazy claims they want, that's not why I'm buying lol
I want to travel back to the imte of this video.
I hope companies are watching the right way to counter comics: with comedy!
Leon Meyers (6 days ago)
Oliver's analysis of the letter is right on! Im dying xD
Elli P (8 days ago)
Don't let your admiration blind you to the bullshit; that's how religions get started.
Amanda Mayoli Alayon (11 days ago)
They must have gotten a Brit to write that response.
TheFangirlOtaku (14 days ago)
Wow lmao
Fatima Moreno (15 days ago)
Way to go POM! Excellent Response! And loved hearing John Oliver reading it!
mickor (18 days ago)
I don't know about the healt claims but POM juice clearly enhances the powers of wit and ownership.
chucku00 (28 days ago)
No John, the worst watches are made by Richard Mille.
James Piat (1 month ago)
I was laughing my ass off then I got pommed. 🤨
James Piat (1 month ago)
You're such a good reader John!!!!!!! Fuck Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman. I want you to read me to sleep! (I like how you explain the story)😃
James Piat (1 month ago)
What's with the farmer in the dell shirt and the Masonic tye?
Ryvucz (1 month ago)
Funny shit.
brahim logistique (1 month ago)
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THR33STEP (1 month ago)
That was freaking awesome by Oliver and especially Pom!!!!! Bravo!!!!!
Anne Rainey (1 month ago)
I love Pom. It's delish. Now I love it even more.
GnP (1 month ago)
John met his match!
Benjamin Cohen (1 month ago)
He looks like he's going to go have it framed hahahaa <3
Soumyo Mukherjee (1 month ago)
This just goes to show that the world ain't shitting itself down the enema bucket. Kudos Pom and Kudos John Oliver..
Jace Cavacini (1 month ago)
That really was a great letter. I hate bullshit marketing, but the Pom Wonderful (regular) juice does at least taste great. Too bad it costs so much.
MARSHAL BAEK (1 month ago)
Not easy to earn John Oliver’s respect, but clearly this letter did. It also shows how much context and expression written communication can convey to those that pay close attention to detail.
justAguyDs (1 month ago)
Nice to see the anthro sub
El Presidente (2 months ago)
*Oh.. man, this is priceless*
David Nichisti (2 months ago)
What a wonderful and intelligent way to say "go fuck yourself"! Hooray for POM.
Max Lehti (2 months ago)
Omg thats fucking amazing 😂😂😂
Max (2 months ago)
This is as good as Sony sending jacksfilms a shitton of emoji movie merch
LegacyFTW (2 months ago)
Haha, they John Oliver'd John Oliver
kourii (2 months ago)
Totally forgot about this. Gonna have to get a bottle of POM later this week to reward them
Angus Wallace (2 months ago)
there is no way jhon doesn't have that letter framed some where
Robin Moreau (3 months ago)
But did he drink the juice?? Lol
K.A. GORDON (3 months ago)
I love POM juice...kinda expensive but I have eight pom trees and they never ripen...then again i never water them. Maybe next year. At least I water my chickens.
Michele Kett (3 months ago)
Gotcha! Good on them. Unless you have tried these things, you can’t dump on them.
Energy Core (3 months ago)
Ah, a relic from better times.
Tamarra Lestage (3 months ago)
I aspire to do business like that.
Smashing Pots (3 months ago)
Ah the first time young Oliver allowed the subject of one of his jokes to out comedian him. Maybe he should change careers.
LonelySoulSearcher (3 months ago)
*snuggles John like the strange HBO teddy bear that he is*
javx03 (3 months ago)
Well played Pom!!! Well played!
sherryperry (3 months ago)
roguishpaladin (3 months ago)
As a follow-up to the FTC cease and desist, POM lost their case and the Supreme Court declined to take it up, allowing the judgment to stand. So, Nice reply, POM, but you were in fact found legally culpable.
The Duck (3 months ago)
The player got played! 🤣😂
John Doe (3 months ago)
“That research isn’t definitive.” *funniest expression I’ve ever seen John Oliver make*
Paul (3 months ago)
Saturday night binging on John Oliver sad but true Second best YouTube tonight
Katie Fluke (3 months ago)
Well they handled that well.
Dave Autumns (4 months ago)
Superbly nuanced (british) ironic sarcasm... John you have met your equal. Awesome :-)
Nathaniel Beven (4 months ago)
i want more pom now. fuck.
Janco van der Westhuizen (4 months ago)
Partially cringey, partially ingenious
ashtree80 (4 months ago)
This makes me really like POM Wonderful :)
TILR (4 months ago)
Minnie Mouse (4 months 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 (5 months ago)
How is this one of my favorite clips of John Oliver ever
Wei Ren Lim (5 months ago)
I think I'll buy a bottle of POM tonight.
PtolemyJones (5 months ago)
Wow, I may actually try a bottle after that reply, love a good sport.
Jarod Rhudy (5 months ago)
“And this is true” the best line of the show.
joseph brownbill (5 months ago)
You can taste the sarcasm.
hotdrippyglass (5 months 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. (5 months ago)
Pomegranate juice is great if your looking for a CYP3A Inhibitor, or a PDE5 Inhibitor.
Jon dow (5 months ago)
burnouttx (5 months ago)
Best way to get back at a comedian. Make them laugh.
Miss Kathy (5 months 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 (5 months ago)
Pay attention RNC - THIS is how you do Negative Advertising!
Daniel W. Sonntag (5 months ago)
Helgali (5 months ago)
2:30 - John, no research is final.
Hebimaru (6 months ago)
What fun.
Sarah Trachtenberg (6 months ago)
If pomegranate tastes like sarcasm, bring it on. BTW those are two things I love for real.
xxCrazyIzzyxx (6 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 (6 months ago)
When he says "bottle," it sounds like "butthole." Lol!
felixvelariusbos (6 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 months ago)
felixvelariusbos Russell Crowe got one over on him
Rosario Longoria (6 months ago)
hey Oliver..what about those cheap phones Apple makes????😜
Covert Mollusc (6 months ago)
Classy retort, indeed.
Sam Lawrence (6 months ago)
That is just simply awesome. I love you John Oliver!
Christine Musorofiti (6 months ago)
Kudos lmao!!
Krystal Myth (6 months ago)
Amazing dry humor on that letter, gdamn.
Luke O'Connell (6 months ago)
Still one of the best responses the show has received
MegaChokoBons HonHon (7 months ago)
what is going on with that shirt
Ankit Sharma (7 months ago)
New respect for POM
Ashleigh Syller (7 months ago)
get some beef with Wendy's
Hunter McBride (7 months ago)
Claramata (7 months ago)
I have never seen a man so tickled by being told off
Dreg10 (7 months ago)
Notendo (7 months ago)
John Oliver:1 POM:1 Well done POM, well done.
Blue A (7 months ago)
Have y'all seen the description 😂 "Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would" nice
Courtney Durham (7 months ago)
Three years later and this is still my most favorite segment from this show.
Julian Engel (7 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 (7 months ago)
This is such a classic
SupernalOne (7 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 (7 months ago)
I love the awkward wave at the beginning of the video
Vhale (8 months ago)
They are now officially my favourite company!!!!
David stowe (8 months ago)
Great job and good luck
Mary A. (8 months ago)
where’s the PR in pom working now?if still at pom did they get adeserved promotion
Bradley David (8 months ago)
Great stuff Pom! there is no smart arse reply to that....
Lukas K (8 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 (8 months ago)
Love the pomegranate-colored tie LOL
Elektrotehnik (8 months ago)
Ankit Sharma (8 months ago)
man he knows how to roast
Varun menon (8 months ago)
N Corp (9 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 (9 months ago)
Get destroyed Oliver, get fucking destroyed...
whataboutredlorry (9 months ago)
Well played Pom Wonderful!
LetumComplexo (9 months ago)
I have tasted Pom. It's awful. And this is from someone who loves pomegranates.

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