SEVERE WX: Wind Chill Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

John Oliver explains low-key approach to announcing his new baby's birth

When John Oliver became a dad for a second time, the news came as a surprise to many.But the late-nig...

Posted: Nov. 28, 2018 6:31 PM
Updated: Nov. 28, 2018 6:31 PM

When John Oliver became a dad for a second time, the news came as a surprise to many.

But the late-night host never intended to keep the birth a secret, per se. Instead, he insists, he just didn't think it was worth mentioning to the wider public.

Celebrities

Children

Demographic groups

Families and children

Family members and relatives

Health and health care (by demographic group)

Health and medical

Infants and toddlers

John Oliver

Maternal and child health

Medical fields and specialties

Obstetrics and gynecology

Population and demographics

Pregnancy and childbirth

Society

Women's health

"We didn't really announce it because it doesn't matter," the HBO show host told Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show," quickly adding, "To me, it matters a great deal. Let me just make that clear. But just, like, publicly... this is not a royal baby."

Oliver mentioned he was a new dad during interviews at the Emmy Awards last September. At the time, it had not been previously reported that he and his wife had welcomed a second child.

"The next day, there was a bunch of stories about 'John Oliver has secret baby,'" he said. "You go, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I had a baby with my wife. She knew about it the whole time.'"

"It was very strange," he added.

Oliver and Kate Norley welcomed their first son in 2015.

"I just made a judgment call that this was not high-value information to anybody. It felt arrogant to walk out on Pride Rock, 'I have spawned another child," " he further explained, mimicking the motion made when Simba's birth was announced in "The Lion King."

Oliver, ironically, will voice the character Zazu in the upcoming live-action version of the film.

Article Comments

Utica
Few Clouds
-1° wxIcon
Hi: 3° Lo: -7°
Feels Like: -24°
Oneonta
Overcast
-1° wxIcon
Hi: 2° Lo: -3°
Feels Like: -25°
Herkimer
Few Clouds
-1° wxIcon
Hi: 4° Lo: -6°
Feels Like: -24°
Thendara
Few Clouds
-1° wxIcon
Hi: -7° Lo: -15°
Feels Like: -24°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Big Game Party Giveaway
Click Here for A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Golf Card on sale for only $79.99
Hawaii 2019 Trip with Kristen Copeland