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Bill Maher

Bill Maher (born January 20, 1956) is an American comedian, actor, writer and producer.

His most notable was the former host of Politically Incorrect, which aired on the Comedy Central television network and later ABC. Maher is also the host of the HBO talk show Real Time With Bill Maher.

Maher resigned as host of PI in 2002 after making a controversial on-air remark, in which he said, "We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly."

After the remark both Liberal and Conservative pundits supported him, pointing out the difference between physical and moral cowardice.

After the statement, companies including FedEx and Sears Roebuck pulled their advertisements from the show, quickly causing the show to cost more than it returned. The show was subsequently cancelled on June 16, 2002.

On June 22, six days after the cancellation of Politically Incorrect, Maher received the President's Award (for "championing free speech") from the Los Angeles Press Club.

In 2003, Maher became the host of Real Time with Bill Maher, a debate show somewhat similar to PI.


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