Maher has raised eyebrows lately with his outspoken denunciation of Muslims who he says support terrorism.
I was at the taping and interviewed Kimmel later in his office. He says Maher’s a smart guy and welcomed the exchange.
Maher was guesting to promote the return of Real Time with Bill Maher after a six week break. It returns Friday on HBO.
“We have to not avoid who did this Jimmy,” says Maher: “Muslim terrorists.” A dozen editorial cartoonists and journalists were murdered in Paris Wednesday. Kimmel’s audience went silent as Maher declared himself a proud liberal and urged Americans to stop being part of a “pussy nation.”
The two also touched on the recent controversy over “The Interview.” Watch the exchange, West Coasters, tonight at 11:35.
Kimmel, by the way, still has two Rob Ford dolls in his office, including the one pictured above which was sent to the comedian by a Toronto animation house. My Kimmel article will appear next month as the comedian prepares to host his 10th annual post-Oscar live celebrity-packed special.