As it turns out, the whole ordeal may have left Hasselbeck with a big headache. On her Twitter account, she attributed the absence to a "major migraine."
A representative for 'The View' confirmed that Hasselbeck went home sick, telling AOL TV, "Elisabeth was here this morning in studio and was scheduled to be on the live show, she went home because she wasn't feeling well."
On Tuesday's show, Hasselbeck got into an extended confrontation with the comedian about a joke he made in February involving her and CBS correspondent Lara Logan. Despite the fact that Maher made the joke before it was publicly known that Logan had been sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square, Hasselbeck asked him if he would "say that again, if you're so supportive of women?" Later in the interview, she sarcastically said to Maher, "You're so brilliant, wow, I actually feel smarter sitting next to you." Tuesday night on 'Letterman,' Maher continued to joke about the uncomfortable interview.
"I was abused. I felt like a teenage boy at Penn State," Maher quipped to a stunned crowd. But while Letterman's crowd wasn't sure they could get behind Maher after that joke, he said the incident with Hasselbeck united his Twitter followers behind him.
"It's always like 50/50," he admitted of his followers. "Today it was just all for me. It was like, 'thank you Elisabeth Hasselbeck for making me look good!'"
On the Feb. 4 episode of 'Real Time,' as the Egyptian protests in Tahrir Square were unfolding, Maher made the following joke about Logan and Hasselbeck. "New rule: now that Hosni Mubarak has released Lara Logan, he must put her intrepid hotness on a plane immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck." Over a week later, on Feb. 15, the public would learn that Logan had suffered a brutal sexual assault on Feb. 11 in Tahrir Square. When Maher told the joke, he couldn't have known that Logan had been raped.
Despite that timeline, Hasselbeck started the segment by reading the joke back to Maher, and asking if he still stood behind it. "Would you say that again, if you're so supportive of women?"
The first thing George Stephanopoulos asked about was the $1 million to $1 bet Maher made with Michelle Caruso Cabrera that Herman Cain wouldn't end up as the 2012 Republican nominee. Maher defended his bet by noting, "This is a guy who's wearing a pimp hat through a ... sex scandal," and also brought up the fact that Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan was written by "his branch manager at Wells Fargo." When Stephanopoulos reminded Maher that Cain is still leading, Maher responded, "That's just because they hate Mitt Romney," and Stephanopoulos couldn't help but agree with his assessment.
The noted chef, author and 'No Reservations' star dropped by Maher's show to chat about food, sex and everything else that's currently inhabiting his headspace.
Bourdain joined Maher and filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and journalist Joan Walsh on a panel to discuss the current state of the American Dream.
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While trying to make a point, a passionate Cuban knocked his drink across the table – Whoops! – and faced a tough crowd who disagreed with his assessment that most people would rather volunteer to fight in a war than pay higher taxes.
Taking advantage of his ability to say anything on HBO, Maher took the national Weiner-roasting to a new level, pushing the envelope further than any other network late night comedians could this week.
Set to some light chamber music, Maher and Lynch read verbatim from the explicit script and delivered the absurd lines with delightfully deadpan deliveries. Both couldn't help but grin widely throughout the bit.
Check out video of the performance after the jump, but be warned. The content is graphic, sexually explicit, and thoroughly amusing in nature.
In an effort to up the ante and generate even more buzz, Maher pulled out a tray with all the paraphernalia to shoot Galafianakis up with heroin. "Never done this before in my life," Galifianakis admitted. "Yeah, everything's ending, so let's just do it."
Of course, everything didn't end as predicted, so now Galifianakis has to deal with the aftermath of his decision. What on earth can they do to top shooting up heroin live on the air?
"He's absolutely not running," Letterman said. To emphasize how much he believed it, he said he wished he could put money on it with somebody. Letterman said he knows people on the inside who say the whole thing's a massive joke.
That's not to say that Maher is taking Trump seriously as a candidate, though. He simply believes Trump is truly running.
As the two loudly articulated their points, one suspected that ABC political director Amy Walter, who was seated between the men, was getting sprayed with spittle.
After a while, Maher indicated Steele and Schultz needed to tone it down, and the discussion briefly moved on to the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.
On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Friday 10 PM ET on HBO), Maher ripped Obama's strategy, saying Obama had admitted, "We met the Republicans, what they asked, and then we gave them more."
"This is like your lawyer saying to you, 'You know, I went into the chambers with the judge and the prosecutor, and my first offer was 40 years to life for you,'" Maher said of Obama's negotiating technique. "'And I think I can get your tailgating charge moved up to manslaughter. And that's my first offer."
"New rule: Now that a Cheney, a McCain and a Bush have come out to support gay marriage, it's your turn, Obama," Maher said, as a picture of gay marriage proponents Dick Cheney, Meghan McCain and Barbara Bush was shown in the background.
"Who are you waiting for, the state of Alabama?" Maher continued. "The Reverend Fred Phelps?"
A recent survey by Public Policy Polling found that 51 percent of those who plan on voting in the GOP primary believe that Barack Obama wasn't born in the U.S. On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Weeknights, 10PM ET on HBO) Maher offered up a theory as to why so many conservatives embrace "birtherism," and then applied that same theory to Speaker of the House John Boehner, with strange results.
"When they go a little deeper into the polling, they find out this is just based on a general sense," Maher explained. "It just feels to them like [Obama's] a foreigner. Well, you know, John Boehner wears bronzer and goes on crying jags. He just feels like a female to me. Maybe liberals should demand to see his penis."
Palin was 'On the Record With Greta Van Susteren' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on Fox News) where she addressed Maher's slur and NOW's reaction.
"Others want to bring more light to it and demand that Bill Maher apologize or that NOW defend me for something that was said about me -- by the way, I need NOW's defense like a fish needs a bicycle," Palin said.
"New rule: Image isn't everything. It takes more than some clean clothes and a pair of nerd glasses to take an unemployed ego-lunatic and turn them into ... " Maher proclaimed, as the background photo switched from Sheen wearing glasses to one of the always-bespectacled Sarah Palin. "Oh, never mind."
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