John Oliver

Oliver relishes being able to do show without restrictions

HBO's John Oliver so relished being able to trash AT&T's cell phone service that he can't imagine doing "Last Week Tonight" under corporate restrictions.

His network's corporate parent, Time Warner, is waiting to see whether a proposed takeover by AT&T will be approved. Oliver's show, which begins its fifth season on Sunday, has been able to operate with freedom in part because HBO's business depends on subscribers instead of advertiser, and he's become quite accustomed to it.

"We were drawing a line in the sand," Oliver said on Monday, referring to an episode last season that discussed corporate mergers, including Time Warner's. "I don't...

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