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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Takes Sick Day From 'The View' After Argument With Bill Maher

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 16th 2011 1:00PM
The day after getting into an awkward argument with Bill Maher that made headlines around the Web, Elisabeth Hasselbeck was noticeably absent from 'The View.'

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.

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Bill Maher Relives His Trauma on 'The View' With David Letterman (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2011 3:00AM
Bill Maher, 'Late Show'Bill Maher's session with the women of 'The View' didn't go exactly to plan, thanks to Elisabeth Hasselbeck appearing to hold a grudge for an old joke he made about her. It made for such an uncomfortable moment, that David Letterman asked Maher about it on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS).

"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!'"

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Spars With Bill Maher Over Egypt Joke on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 15th 2011 2:30PM
Bill Maher probably thought he was going on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) to talk about the comically inept field of Republican presidential candidates, and maybe to plug his book, 'The New New Rules.' Instead, his segment was sidetracked by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who seemed hurt and outraged by a joke Maher told about her and CBS correspondent Lara Logan nearly a year ago.

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?"

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Bill Maher Hopes the Republicans Won't Do Anything Silly While His Show's on Hiatus (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Nov 14th 2011 5:30PM
Friday night's episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' was the last show of its fall season, and coincided perfectly with Rick Perry's "Oops!" debate gaffe and the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal. Maher went on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) to dish on the Republican field, and voiced his hope that the candidates would refrain from doing embarrassing things until his show returns in January.

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.

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Anthony Bourdain on Food, Sex, and the American Dream on 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Aug 8th 2011 12:31AM
real time bourdainWould you rather have a great meal or mediocre sex? That's one of the questions Bill Maher lobbed at Anthony Bourdain during the latest episode of 'Real Tim With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO).

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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Mark Cuban on 'Real Time': People Would Rather Fight for Their Country Than Pay Higher Taxes (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 17th 2011 10:00AM
Mark Cuban Bill MaherEntrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joined columnist Dan Savage and Reuters editor Chrystia Freeland on Friday's episode of 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fridays, 10PM on HBO).

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.

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Bill Maher: Republican Party a Bunch of 'Religious Lunatics, Flat-Eathers and Civil War Reenactors' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 30th 2010 3:27PM
Bill Maher and Bill O'Reilly squared off on the state of conservatism in America on Wednesday night's 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News.)

O'Reilly began the segment by telling Maher that he remembered that Maher used to be a lot less liberal. Maher agreed, but said that wasn't because his political philosophy shifted, but rather because "the left moved to the center and the right moved into a mental institution."

"There used to be ideological differences that were understandable," Maher explained. "That has gone away."

"The Republican party now is just a bunch of religious lunatics, flat-earthers and Civil War reenactors,' Maher continued, making O'Reilly laugh with his characterization. "So I don't think it was me who changed so much."

Maybe someday Maher will tell us what he really thinks.

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What's On Tonight: 'Party Down,' 'Clone Wars,' 'Ben 10,' 'NFL Draft'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 23rd 2010 1:07PM
'Party Down' returns for a new season at 10 p.m. on Starz
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Starts at 7:00
ESPN: '2010 NFL Draft' -- Rounds 2 and 3

8:00 to 9:00
ABC: 'Wife Swap'
The CW: 'Smallville'
NBC: 'Who Do You Think You Are?' -- Two Hours
Cartoon Network: 'Ben 10: Ultimate Alien' and 'Generator Rex'
Disney: 'The Suite Life on Deck'
Nick: 'Big Time Rush' and 'Victorious'

9:00 to 10:00
ABC: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' -- Season (series?) finale
Animal Planet: 'I Shouldn't Be Alive'
Cartoon Network: 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars'
CMT: 'Gator 911' and 'Danger Coast'
Discovery: 'Swamp Loggers'
HBO: 'The Ricky Gervais Show' and 'The Life & Times of Tim'
National Geographic: 'Dog Whisperer'
TeenNick: 'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
TLC: 'Say Yes to the Dress' -- Season premiere. Two 30-minute episodes
SyFy: 'Stargate Universe'

10:00 to 11:00
ABC: '20/20' -- Stories on false accusations
CBS: 'Miami Medical'
BBC America: 'Friday Night With Jonathan Ross' -- Idris Elba; Kiefer Sutherland; Gemma Arterton; performance by Alphabeat
CMT: 'Smoke Jumpers'
HBO: 'Real Time With Bill Maher' -- Journalist Matthew Continetti; security expert Susan Eisenhower; Rep. Alan Grayson; counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke; activist Dr. Jack Kevorkian
Discovery: 'American Loggers' -- Season finale
E! 'The Soup'
Food Network: 'Private Chefs of Beverly Hills'
SyFy: 'Merlin'
Starz: 'Party Down' and 'Gravity' -- Season and series premieres, respectively
TLC: 'Four Weddings'

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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More Maher, 'Real Time,' in 2011 and Beyond

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 15th 2010 9:52PM
Bill Maher on HBO's 'Real Time' renewed for a ninth seasonBill Maher will be working in 'Real Time' at least through 2011. HBO announced today they have signed the political comic and host to a ninth season of 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' which will launch in early 2011 and include 35 episodes, rather than the usual order of 24.

HBO added two years to his contract, one year of which includes 'Real Time,' and the other year is content to be determined. His contract had been set to expire at the end of this season.

In all likelihood, Maher will at least film another stand-up special for HBO. He's already done seven hour-long specials for them, including 'Bill Maher... But I'm Not Wrong,' which premiered in February, and two half-hour specials. And considering the topical nature of his material, he has to burn it and move on before it gets to be old news. There are few things sadder in comedy than a supposedly topical comedian who won't let go of his Lewinsky jokes (it's rare now, but every so often, you do hear one).

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Maher Says Tea Baggers Got Health Care Reform Passed (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 1st 2010 10:25AM
Bill Maher Tonight Show with Jay LenoBill Maher stopped by 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' (weeknights at 11:35PM ET on NBC) and discussed the current political hot topic: health care reform.

Maher gave credit to the Tea Party political movement for helping get the bill passed. Wait, what?

"I have to say, I thank the Tea Baggers ... they're the ones who got it passed." The reason? Maher said they dressed up in costumes, put tea bags on their hats and carried doctored photos of President Obama. "America saw that and said 'What loons, we're going with the calm black man.'"

Video after the jump.

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What's On Tonight: 'Kitchen Nightmares,' 'Caprica,' 'The Soup'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 26th 2010 12:03PM
The Clone WarsHere's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).

  • CBS has NCAA Basketball all night.
  • At 8, NBC has a new 'Who Do You Think You Are?,' then a new, two-hour 'Dateline.'
  • PBS has a new 'Washington Week' at 8, followed by new episodes of 'NOW' and 'Bill Moyers Journal.'
  • MyNetwork TV has a new 'Smackdown' at 8.
  • GSN has a new 'Instant Recall' at 8.
  • TCM has 'Jason and the Argonauts' at 8.
  • Sundance has a new 'Live From Abbey Road' at 8.
  • At 9, ABC has a new 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution,' followed by a new '20/20.'
  • FOX has a new 'Kitchen Nightmares' at 9.
  • Syfy has a new 'Caprica' at 9.
  • HBO has a new 'Ricky Gervais Show' at 9, then new episodes of 'The Life & Times of Tim' and 'Real Time with Bill Maher,' with Christopher Hitchens, Rob Thomas, Jeff Garlin, and Ezra Klein.
  • Also at 9: Cartoon Network has a new episode of 'The Clone Wars' at 9.
  • At 10, STARZ has a new 'Spartacus.'
  • Food Network has a new 'Best Thing I Ever Ate' at 10.
  • E! has two new episodes of 'The Soup' at 10.
  • At midnight, HBO has a new 'Funny or Die Presents.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Seth MacFarlane: 'Down Syndrome Actress Doesn't Need Sarah Palin's Pity' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 22nd 2010 12:20AM
Real Time With Bill Maher, Seth MacFarlane, Sarah PalinBlend together Seth MacFarlane, Bill O'Reilly, Sarah Palin, and a Down syndrome actress, and things are probably going to get a little touchy.

On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' (Fri., 10PM ET on HBO), MacFarlane discussed a 'Family Guy' clip depicting a character with Down syndrome talking about her parents -- an accountant and the former Governor of Alaska.

The actress who voiced the part actually has Down syndrome and released a statement. "It was basically saying Sarah Palin has no sense of humor," said MacFarlane. "What Sarah Palin, I think, was doing was coming out and saying 'I'm here to defend you,' and what Andrea the actress had said was 'I don't need you to use this piece of cartoon footage to inspire phony pity for me, because I'm very happy and very content with my life.'"

Thoughts on this? Is the 'Family Guy' clip funny or offensive? Was Palin right to try and defend the actress?

Watch the video after the jump.

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HBO Renews 'Real Time With Bill Maher'

by Ron Mwangaguhunga, posted Nov 19th 2009 9:30AM
Real Time With Bill MaherHBO has renewed 'Real Time with Bill Maher' for an eighth season. The buzzy politics and culture oriented talk show will return one hour earlier on Friday, Feb. 19 at 9PM, with a replay at 11PM.

'Politically Incorrect,' the show's predecessor, launched on Comedy Central in 1993. The format of that program -- a comedy discussion show mixing celebrities and beltway politicians -- was virtually the same as it is now in its present incarnation, minus the "New Rules" segment. 'Politically Incorrect' caught the attention of network executives and migrated to ABC TV in 1997. The show remained there until 2002, when the network cancelled the show due to a comment that Bill Maher made soon after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, alienating some advertisers. Maher had disagreed with the characterization of the World Trade Center hijackers as being cowards. "We have been the cowards," Maher said, "obbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away."

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The Jay Leno Show: Bill Maher/Brad Paisley and Sheryl Crow

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2009 2:43AM
Bill MaherThe show has fully hit its stride and rhythm by this, its third week. It also appears that it may have found its ratings level, hovering between five and six million viewers a night. Those aren't great numbers, but considering how much cheaper it is to produce than Heroes, which isn't doing much better, NBC would consider it a win if it stays there.

The problem with that, as I'm seeing it, is too many of the recurring segments just aren't working as well. An entire segment each night is devoted to these comedy correspondents, and eleven episodes in, they're more miss than hit.

Tonight, Owen Benjamin (The House Bunny) brought in a video of himself traipsing around LA offering to write jingles for smaller businesses. As with every other video segment they've done, it just went on and on and on. Even worse, none of the songs were funny.

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Bill Maher is the new Susan Lucci

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 28th 2009 1:33PM
Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill MaherAll this talk of Emmy snubs has overshadowed the biggest snub, numerically speaking: Real Time host and professional Ann Coulter wrangler Bill Maher.

The man has been nominated a staggering 21 times for his late night talk shows and stand-up comedy specials and never won a single award, as many as soap star Suan Lucci's 21 (although she finally did snag one).

That number will probably keep growing since his show faces some stiff competition for a little gold statue. And despite my (and your) personal approvals and disagreements with the man's various opinions and philosophies, it's time he got something for his work.

Oh boy, I can already hear the fast and furious fingers of fury from the peanut gallery typing out angry, fiery, spittle flinging comments as I write this. Before you take up the torches and the pitchforks, hear me out.

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