NO TIME FOR BILL MAHER

NO TIME FOR BILL MAHER

Howard read an invitation he received to appear via satellite on tomorrow’s season premiere of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Howard noted that the letter claimed that Bill wants to talk to him about censorship, and that “HBO and the entire staff are big fans.” When Robin commented that Bill hasn’t had many kind things to say about Howard in the past, Howard pointed out that the letter doesn’t say Bill actually likes him. Howard added that he thinks Bill is funny, but that he didn’t appreciate it when he once referred to the people on the program as “a nest of vipers.” This led Artie to recall the one time he appeared on “Politically Incorrect,” and how it didn’t go too well. Artie explained that because he was the token comedian on that episode’s panel – which also included a lawyer, “some chick from ‘VIP,’” and Mimi Rogers – he was instructed by the producers to kid around with Bill. Given this, Artie said that Bill brought up a story that ran in The New York Times and that he interrupted him to ask, “Who reads that rag?” Artie then noted that, even though he was obviously joking, Bill responded, “Thank you for the dumb opinion; let’s go to commercial.” Artie added that Bill never gave him a chance to defend his joke later in the show.