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Obama Official Susan Rice Slams Trump for ‘Totally Gross’ Hug

Obama Official Susan Rice Slams Trump for ‘Totally Gross’ Hug
After President Barack Obama’s former National Security Advisor Susan Rice appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, President Donald Trump went after her on Twitter. So Trump was either watching the program, which airs at 10:00 Pm Et, live or was informed that while Rice was plugging her new book, she was also critical of his recent decisions in Syria.

Just as the program ended, Trump took to Twitter and blasted Rice, writing, “Susan Rice, who was a disaster to President Obama as National Security Advisor, is
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Trump Tunes In? Tweets Rebuke Of Bill Maher Guest During HBO Show

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Updated: President Trump tweeted a rebuke directly at a guest of Real Time with Bill Maher after apparently tuning-in to the HBO show on Friday during an especially savage anti-Trump episode. The Commander-in-Chief’s social media sniping was aimed not at the firebrand host but at Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor under President Obama.

On air, Rice had methodically flayed the Gop incumbent for the ineptitude of his foreign policy moves and the long-range consequences of Trump’s most recent geo-political misadventures. Rice, plugging her new book, also said that Trump’s polarizing presence in the American political arena has made the country more vulnerable to foreign influence.

“What Putin’s genius is, is he understands that we are so divided internally,” said Rice, who was also U.N. Ambassador. “And I argue in my book, Tough Love, that our domestic political divisions are, in fact, our greatest national security vulnerability.
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Live, From New York… It’s MSNBC Anchor Chris Hayes?

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The comedian wanted people to laugh. But not all the time. Sometimes, not at all.

Ryan Reiss typically spends his evenings warming up studio audiences for Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” show. Big guffaws are in demand. On recent Friday evenings, however, Reiss has held forth in a different studio at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters, asking visitors to clap and show their energy – yet remain mindful that some moments of the program they are about to see won’t be very funny.

Some may get them angry. No matter what you hear, he reminds them, keep in mind one rule: No booing.

On these Fridays, in the studio once reserved for Megyn Kelly’s morning program, MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes bounds out from backstage and offers – while standing on a set festooned with elaborate video walls – an energetic monologue. He then presents lively conversation and visits with guests like Richard Engel,
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Watch Howard Stern Talk Therapy, Feuds With Bill Maher on ‘Real Time’

Watch Howard Stern Talk Therapy, Feuds With Bill Maher on ‘Real Time’
Howard Stern talked therapy, relationships, old age and his recent book in a wide-ranging interview Friday on Real Time With Bill Maher.

“This is so rushed. I should really have the whole hour to myself,” the shock jock quipped midway through the 20-minute interview, which at that point had already touched on legal marijuana in Los Angeles, the benefits of Metamucil, their collective lack of Emmys, satellite radio and Howard Stern Comes Again, a collection of Stern’s favorite interviews.

At one point during the interview, the interviewee became the
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Bill Maher Bonds With Howard Stern: “We Don’t Go For All The Bullsh*t On The Far-Left”

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Bill Maher Bonds With Howard Stern: “We Don’t Go For All The Bullsh*t On The Far-Left”
Acerbic firebrand talk show host Howard Stern rarely visits the West Coast, seldom stays up past 8 p.m., hardly ever agrees to do other talk shows, and barely contains his competitive nature, so it was startling on Friday night to hear Bill Maher (an equally acerbic firebrand talk show host) introducing “the King of All Media, Howard Stern” on Friday to the Los Angeles studio audience for HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Maher himself wore an incredulous expression, no doubt because his rivalry with Stern was for years a sour one, as both of the broadcast veterans candidly acknowledged once the interview got underway. The feud apparently ended when Stern made amends after his years of therapy helped him get past the envy-driven animus he had toward rivals. In April, at Jerry Seinfeld’s birthday party, Stern even told a skeptical Maher he would visit his show as a guest.
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Biff Review: ‘Frances Ferguson’ is a Dryly Quirky, Provocative, and Muddled Comedy

We never meet the narrator (Nick Offerman) of Bob Byington’s film Frances Ferguson. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing or uncommon, but I couldn’t shake the idea that we should. It’s because he isn’t some omnisciently objective voice telling us a story. He interjects opinions, giggles, and often meanders to the point where his subject (Kaley Wheless’ Frances) must speak up to help him along. In one instance he mentions a “We” as though his (and another’s) entrance on-screen was imminent. It’s not. He means us, now … maybe. The film never acknowledges the weird duality of his presence as someone and no one simultaneously. It’s probably just a quirky choice for comedy within a dryly-quirky film I’m reading too much into, but it frustrated me without end.

This probably stems from my being frustrated right from the start as that glibly,
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Robert De Niro Drops Multiple F-Bombs When Discussing Fox News and 'Gangster' Trump on CNN — Watch

Robert De Niro Drops Multiple F-Bombs When Discussing Fox News and 'Gangster' Trump on CNN — Watch
Robert De Niro, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, had some choice words for Fox News during a Sunday-morning sit-down with CNN’s Brian Stelter.

During an appearance on Reliable Sources, the Irishman star said that he supported the Democrats’ decision to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump, who he repeatedly referred to as “crazy” and “worse than I ever could have imagined.”

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‘CNN’s Reliable Sources’ Guest Robert De Niro Says Trump and Fox Are Playing A Part, Drops F-Bombs

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‘CNN’s Reliable Sources’ Guest Robert De Niro Says Trump and Fox Are Playing A Part, Drops F-Bombs
There are certain things that are reliable in the world. Old Faithful. Big Ben. And Robert De Niro having a few choice words for President Donald Trump.

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources, De Niro was at it again. The man who cursed Trump from the Tonys stage and said he’d like to punch the president in the face joined anchor and chief media correspondent Brian Stelter to discuss what it was like to play Robert Mueller and his thoughts on the Russia and Ukraine inquiries.

It was noted at the top of the show that De Niro played former Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller on last season’s Saturday Night Live. Mueller is now gone, but De Niro is still here.

Asked if he thinks Trump should resign, De Niro said, “I don’t think he’s capable of resigning. Just — well, Bill Maher a couple of weeks ago
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Bill Maher: Rudy Giuliani’s New Nickname Is “America’s Traitor”

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Bill Maher: Rudy Giuliani’s New Nickname Is “America’s Traitor”
Impeachment wouldn’t be a peachy experience for anyone not even Bill Maher who conceded on Friday night that he isn’t as keen on the endgame tactic now that it more topical and less theoretical.

“I feel like I’m the dog that caught the car,” the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher said after months of figuratively hounding the Trump motorcade.

There was less uncertainty in Maher’s voice when he sharpened his wooden stakes and aimed a few points in the direction of Ruldoph Guiliani, who once helped New York emerge from rubble but now seemingly lives under a Washington rock.

“He’s at the center of all this pushing the Biden conspiracy and meeting the Ukrainians,” Maher said, “which explains Rudy’s new nickname: America’s traitor.”

On Dems mindset: “We have an impeachment inquiry. An inquiry [as in] ‘We may not get a puppy.
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Bill Maher Offers New Definition of ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ (Video)

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Bill Maher Offers New Definition of ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ (Video)
Bill Maher closed “Real Time” Friday night by flipping the definition of “Trump Derangement Syndrome” — a term used by conservatives like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity to describe Donald Trump critics.

The Fox News personalities regularly bring up “Trump Derangement Syndrome” in their shows to argue that Trump critics are so maddened by their hatred for the president that they can’t think rationally. But Maher said it’s the people that defend Trump — not the people who criticize him — who are suffering from the syndrome.

Republicans love to throw out the term to deflect any criticism from their Dear Leader,” Maher explained. “And by that, they mean that liberals are a bunch of sore losers who just can’t accept the results of an election and they go mental at every little thing Trump does.”

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After admitting
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Maher: Trump’s European Union Is ‘A Threeway’ With Russia, Ukraine

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Maher: Trump’s European Union Is ‘A Threeway’ With Russia, Ukraine
President Donald Trump got in bed with Moscow to get elected and now he’s “invited Ukraine in for a three-way” for another round of political dirty-tricks and international infidelity, according to Bill Maher.

The host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher ripped the Commander-in-Chief for taking the low road by allegedly dialing up a foreign leader with the shady intention of undermining his Democratic rivals as they seek his Election Day ouster.

“A U.S. president, now, is using taxpayer money to pressure a foreign government to smear his political opponent,” the firebrand comedian said. “It’s not enough that Trump has Russia meddling in the election – now we’ve invited Ukraine in for a three-way.”

The show airs live on the East Coast but is recorded in Los Angeles so the studio audience responded heartily when the host hectored Gop notables in Southern California.

“President Trump was in La this week…
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The Hill’s Krystal Ball on Trump’s Appeal and Why Centrism Sucks

The Hill’s Krystal Ball on Trump’s Appeal and Why Centrism Sucks
In the latest episode of Useful Idiots, Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper call up Krystal Ball of The Hill to discuss the Democratic primary, why centrism sucks, and how Trump appeals to his base.

“A lot of people say this guy’s a billionaire, he doesn’t get you, he doesn’t understand you,” explains Ball. “But they saw themselves in him because they saw in him another guy who had been viewed with contempt by the elites of the country. This is a bipartisan sentiment. It’s not just a Republican thing.
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Why Late-Night Comedy Is Under More Scrutiny Than Ever Before

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Late-night tv viewing is getting significantly more intense.

In an era when audiences have become increasingly polarized by politics and their viewing habits have been fragmented by a dizzying array of streaming-video technologies, TV’s growing spate of late-night programs face new challenges. What’s funny to one crowd can be offensive to another. And with the internet and social media serving as universally accessible archives for a comic’s work, offensive statements can spark mass outcry long after they were initially made.

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” on Monday reversed course on hiring Shane Gillis as a new cast member four days after racist remarks made by the comedian prompted protest. Gillis’ comments, delivered in a podcast, were resurfaced Sept. 12 by freelance journalist Seth Simons. “Let the f—ing ch–ks live there,” Gillis is heard to say in one episode about Chinatown. Though he and fellow comic Matt McCusker
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Bill Maher And Michael Moore’s Fiery Debate Leads To Hawaii Trip Bet Won By…

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Bill Maher And Michael Moore’s Fiery Debate Leads To Hawaii Trip Bet Won By…
Bill Maher and Michael Moore got in a heated exchange Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and eventually made a pricey on-air bet — the stakes: a trip to Hawaii — over a factual dispute. And, as it turns out, Maher will be footing the bill for Moore’s upcoming luau.

The conversation started friendly enough with Maher (known for taking people to task for their weight) complimenting the slimmed-down Oscar-winning filmmaker for looking “svelte.” The first topic they tackled was the viability of capitalism vs socialism as far as the best direction for the Democratic Party in the primaries ahead and beyond.

“I don’t really agree that we should junk capitalism,” Maher said as an opener.

“The old capitalism is gone and the new capitalism is a cruel and evil system, Bill,” Moore said. “It can’t be fixed. It’s too late. We’ve gone too far.
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Bill Maher Imagines the Hideous Campaign Posters if Trump’s Family Runs for Office

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Bill Maher Imagines the Hideous Campaign Posters if Trump’s Family Runs for Office
At the middle of Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher brought up a recent comment by a Trump campaign official who said the president’s family is a political “dynasty,” and then imagined what campaign posters for Trump’s family members might look like.

Earlier this week, Brad Parscale, the digital director for Trump’s reelection campaign, told Republican delegates in California that “the Trumps will be a dynasty that will last for decades, propelling the Republican Party into a new party.” He later added, “I think they are all amazing people with . . . amazing capabilities.”

To that, Maher joked that they already have campaign posters for Trump’s family. And the posters were:

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Jared Kushner — “When you get that ballot, I’m the face you wanna punch.”

Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. — “The douche
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James Corden Responds to Bill Maher’s Fat-Shaming Comments

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James Corden Responds to Bill Maher’s Fat-Shaming Comments
James Corden took aim at Bill Maher’s recent “fat-shaming” comments with a rebuttal delivered on Thursday’s edition of CBS’ “The Late Late Show.”

Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” joked about obesity on his show last week, saying “Fat isn’t a birth defect” and “Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane.” He advocated: “Fat-shaming doesn’t need to end, it needs to make a comeback.”

Corden cued clips from Maher’s segment and then offered his own testimonial as a person who has long battled weight concerns.

“There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy, and we’re not,” Corden said. “We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us and I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it.
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James Corden Calls Out Bill Maher for Fat-Shaming Comments

James Corden Calls Out Bill Maher for Fat-Shaming Comments
James Corden opened up about his struggle with his weight as he responded, on Thursday's Late Late Show, to Bill Maher's recent call for fat-shaming to make a comeback.

In a recent episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, the host suggested that fat-shaming should be make a return, in order to lower the obesity rate in the United States.

After Corden shared a clip from the segment, he said that he felt compelled to speak out on the topic because "he knew what it was actually like to be overweight."

"I actually have a lot in ...
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James Corden Bites Back at Bill Maher’s Segment on Obesity: ‘Fat-Shaming Is Bullying’ (Video)

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James Corden Bites Back at Bill Maher’s Segment on Obesity: ‘Fat-Shaming Is Bullying’ (Video)
James Corden used his platform as host of “The Late Late Show” on Thursday night to address Bill Maher directly over a segment he did last week arguing that “fat-shaming” should be encouraged.

“As I was watching it, I was like, ‘Oh, man. Somebody needs to say something about this. If only there was somebody with a platform who knew what it was actually like to be overweight,'” Corden said. “Then I realized, ‘Ah, that’ll be me.'”

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Corden repeatedly stated that he likes and respects Maher, but had issues with this particular segment of his HBO show. “Any time I’ve met Bill Maher in person, he’s been nothing but pleasant and kind and nice, which is why I found it so surprising that he or anybody thinks
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James Corden Hits Back at Bill Maher for Fat-Shaming Segment - Watch

James Corden has hit back at comments made by Bill Maher about fat-shaming.

Maher previously said on Real Time with Bill Maher that "being fat isn't a birth defect," adding that "Nobody comes out of the womb needing to buy two seats on the airplane."

The comedian also said that fat-shaming "doesn't need to end" because "some amount of shame is good."

Corden responded by releasing a segment of his own via Youtube in which he said that fat-shaming "never went anywhere."

"I mean, ask literally any fat person," Corden said. "We are reminded of it all the time."

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The Late Late Show host continued, explaining that there is a "common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy."

Corden went on to state he has had issues with weight management throughout his life and has been "off and on diets" regularly.
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James Corden Fires Back at Bill Maher for Fat-Shaming Segment, Discusses His Own Struggles With Overeating

James Corden Fires Back at Bill Maher for Fat-Shaming Segment, Discusses His Own Struggles With Overeating
James Corden is calling out fellow late-night host Bill Maher for a recent Real Time segment that encourages fat shaming as a method to combat the obesity epidemic.

In his Sept. 6 edition of “New Rules” (which you can watch below), Maher suggests that fat shaming needs to make a comeback, as if it ever really went away. In a seven-minute rebuttal, Corden dings the HBO personality for floating the “common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy,” and argues that overeating is a far more complex than Maher makes it out to be.

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