His critical views of religion were the basis for the 2008 documentary film Religulous.He is a supporter of animal rights, having served on the board of PETA since 1997, Maher assumed the host role on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, a late-night political talk show that ran on Comedy Central from 1993 to 1997 and on ABC from 1997 to 2002.
Plus, she added, “he bought me dinner, so I’m not going to say anything bad about it… I’m a cheap date.” Hannity shook his head incredulously and said, “you’re the only person I know who goes on his show,” in the disapproving way one’s parents might look upon their child’s best friend’s new motorcycle.
ABC decided against renewing Maher's contract for Politically Incorrect in 2002, after he made a controversial on-air remark six days after the September 11 attacks. In a 2006 interview with David Sheff for Playboy, Maher said, "I’m the only guy I’ve ever heard who defends Mary Kay Letourneau ...
Talk about jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, conservative pundit Ann Coulter went from the unfriendly confines of MSNBC to the practically hostile environs of HBO’s “Real Time,” hosted by the vile Bill Maher.
Politically Incorrect won an array of awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction, two Cable ACE awards for Best Talk Show Series, and a Genesis Award for Best Television Talk Show. In the same year, he expressed his deep regrets and apologized after being widely criticized for comparing his dogs to retarded children.
Maher earned numerous award nominations for his producing, writing and hosting of Politically Incorrect, including ten Emmy nominations, two TV Guide nominations, and two Writers Guild nominations. In a 1998 episode, Maher controversially defended 35-year-old teacher Mary Kay Letourneau and her 14-year-old student, who had a sexual relationship and two children together beginning when he was 12.
And even if she did, shouldn’t she know that having a token black friend is not evidence that you are not a racist? Coulter to let her know that 1) the 60’s are over and thus there are no more freedom riders taking segregated buses in the deep South to protest segregation, and 2) slavery is also over and it is no longer acceptable for white women to refer to black women as “gals,” unless they are all characters in a Victorian era play running far off Broadway.