Bill Maher Dishes On "Pretty Famous" Star That Gave Him An Earful For Hosting Republicans On His Show

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 03 February 2024 11:10 PM
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Bill Maher, the host of HBO's "Real Time," has revealed that he faced criticism from a "pretty famous" individual for inviting Republicans to appear on his show.

The revelation came during an interview with Reason Magazine published on Monday, where Maher was asked about the frequency of accusations of "platforming" - a term used by the left to describe the act of providing a conservative voice a space on a mainstream liberal platform.

Maher stated, "I had [Ron] DeSantis and Ted Cruz on this year, and Bill Barr. And yes, to answer your question, I can think of two people—and I won’t say who they are; one of them is pretty famous—just yelling at me in an email about that." He continued, expressing his frustration with the criticism, "You know what? You live in your ivory tower. I'm going to talk to everybody in the half of the country that you find so deplorable. They’re not going to self-deport, even if they are deplorable."

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The host went on to criticize both sides of the political spectrum, stating, "And some on the left are deplorable too, and incredibly obnoxious. That’s the country!" He suggested that future historians would not divide the country into two camps, but rather critique the population as a whole for their obnoxiousness and disbelief in science.

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In September of the previous year, Maher had a heated exchange with then-Republican presidential candidate and Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, over his decision to run against former President Trump in the GOP primary. "You did not take my advice," Maher began, "I said, ‘this guy’s crazy to run this time.’ … You could run for the next 20 years. If you were Biden, the next 40. Why run against Trump?"

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Maher's show does not exclusively host Republicans. He also invites conservatives to his podcast, "Club Random," including former GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy. Despite calling Ramaswamy a "likable guy," Maher advised him to distance himself from Trump to have a chance at securing the Republican nomination.

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Both DeSantis and Ramaswamy have since suspended their campaigns following disappointing results at the Iowa caucuses.

Maher, a vocal critic of Trump, cautioned Democrats last week against running campaigns solely based on opposition to Trump. "I also think it’s not a great strategy to run a Democratic campaign based on ‘How can they like this guy?!’ Because some people just do… Maybe it’s better to look at why he is winning among the people who ‘are rapists. And who do drugs,'" Maher said, imitating Trump. He suggested that there might be a "fly in the ointment" in the Democrats' strategy.

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