John Oliver literally has his own church, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, as of Sunday night.
Following a seven-month correspondence with televangelist Robert Tilton (and more than $300 in donations on Oliver’s part), “Last Week Tonight” laid bare how sleazy televangelists can be, with the host explaining how they swindle thousands of dollars out of their followers.
“Not only is everything you’ve seen so far legal but the money people donate in response to it is tax free,” Oliver said. “Because if you’re registered as a religious nonprofit, or especially a church, you are giving broad exemptions over taxation and regulation.”
In response, Oliver set up his own church — and it was surprisingly easy. Now, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption is soliciting donations.
Don’t worry though, according to the church’s website, “Upon dissolution, any assets belonging to the Church at that time will be distributed to Doctors Without Borders.”
Watch the video, from HBO, below: