Although John Oliver didn't write A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, it seems he is on a book tour. He made stops this week at Ellen and Late Night With Seth Meyers to promote the children's book, which depicts Mike Pence's pet bunny as gay and fighting for marriage equality.
As of now, the book, written by Jill Twiss but presentied and heavily promoted by Oliver, is the Amazon best seller in books, ahead of pre-orders for the tell-all of the former FBI director James Comey. The book it parodies, written by Mike Pence's daughter, is at number 4.
"I have no beef with his bunny," Oliver told Seth Meyers Tuesday night, "The beef comes in regarding Michael Pence, who has a history of ... let's say homophobic views. I didn't even try to talk around it, I just said it: homophobic views. I just sounded like I was talking around it but I was just saying the word of the thing that he emphatically is: a homophobe."
Oliver chuckled to Meyers, saying, "I just got the latest figures this afternoon. It sold 180,000 copies so far, which is definitely more than we were prepared for." The proceeds will go to the Trevor Project and AIDS United.
"Unfortunately we have sold out because we did not anticipate people really buying it," the Last Week Tonight host told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday But buy the public has. The book is currently sold out and in reprint.
When speaking about his 2-year-old son, Oliver noted, "Part of the reason of writing this book was so I could read something to him which kind of paints the world in the light that you want it to be rather than how it's currently being painted."