After Bill Maher booked columnist Milo Yiannopoulos on his HBO program last week, he was openly criticized for giving the so-called leader of the alt-right a large platform.
Since Milo’s appearance, videos in which he seemed to condone men having sex with children circulated online.
In the days that followed, Milo had a book deal with Simon and Schuster canceled, resigned from his position at Breitbart News, and was removed from the lineup of a conservative conference in Maryland.
And Bill Maher is taking all the credit.
“What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage,” Maher told the New York Times. “And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.”
Maher also responded to criticism that he went easy on Milo during their segment.
“It’s not my job to hold him accountable to everything he’s ever said or done,” Maher explained. “I had eight minutes with him on the show itself. Sorry I don’t have time to go over everything everybody else would want to do.”
Though Milo’s interview with Maher seemed cordial, his panel appearance later in the program was not. After insulting the other people on the panel, Milo was hit by big criticism from writer Larry Wilmore.
“Go fuck yourself,” Wilmore told Milo on air.