“I say finally because it was their third attempt at doing that,” Oliver joked. “Apparently it takes three times to get rid of him — a sort of reverse Beetlejuice situation, if you will.”
Oliver says that what pushed Congress to kick Santos out of his position finally was due to the “scathing” ethics committee report that concluded the former U.S. representative used campaign funds to pay for luxuries.
“The truth is, this man never belonged in Congress, he belongs on Bravo,” Oliver later said.
Oliver then listed all the controversies Santos was involved in while a member of Congress like when he implied “his young niece had been kidnapped from a playground in Queens” or when he said that his mom died on 9/11 with records not showing his mother being in NYC at the time.
“That kind of messiness isn’t just friends of behavior it’s full-on housewife,” Oliver added. “Santos was a match at giving us A-plus headlines like, ‘George Santos has meltdown while holding mystery baby,’ and by the way, when Santos was asked if that baby was his, his answer was ‘Not yet,’ which is the single funniest possible answer.”
Oliver then notes, “Santos clearly didn’t deliver for his constituents but he delivered hard for the rest of us. And I don’t want him to be in my government and I don’t want to sit next to him on an airplane but I definitely want him in Andy Cohen‘s menagerie of damaged human beings.”
“Call this man now Cohen and pay him what he is worth,” Oliver pleaded.
It’s not clear if Cohen would take Oliver up on his suggestion, but what is true is that HBO is developing a movie based on Santos. HBO Films has optioned the rights to Mark Chiusano’s new book The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos with Frank Reich, Veep‘s executive producer, attached to the project.