Veteran comedian Bill Maher will likely have plenty to say about Donald Trump and Oprah (or whoever ends up running against Trump in the 2020 presidential election) when he comes to Cincinnati next year.
After becoming a star on the stand-up circuit in the 1980s, Maher went on to host the talk show Politically Incorrect, which lived up to its name with its round-table discussions on a variety of social, cultural and political hot topics. ABC declined to pick up the program for a new season in 2002 after Maher, agreeing with guest Dinesh D'Souza (a notorious conservative pundit), said that the terrorists who attacked America on 9/11 were not "cowardly." Maher immediately went to HBO and created Real Time with Bill Maher, which is still on the air.
Maher has continually found himself in the middle of controversies over statements that people from all across the political spectrum have found offensive, though of late he seems to get called out more by the left. In the past couple of years, Maher has been criticized for having Milo Yiannopoulos and, just this week, a doctor some consider an "anti-vaxxer" on his show. In 2017, he used the N-word while making a joke with a Republican senator.
A few years before anyone actually thought Donald Trump could become the President of the United States, Maher was involved in a lawsuit with the then-businessman/reality TV show host/socialite. Mocking the cash bounty Trump offered for then-president Barack Obama's birth certificate to prove whether he was or wasn't an American citizen, Maher jokingly counter-offered $5 million to a charity of Trump’s choice if he could prove he was not the son of an orangutan. Trump reportedly sent Maher a copy of his birth certificate in an attempt to cash in on the satirical offer, later filing a lawsuit to collect the money (the suit was later dropped).