HBO Being Pressured to Dump Bill Maher's Show Newsday, TMZ
HBO and its corporate owner Time Warner are under pressure to kick Bill Maher off the air, reports Newsday's a.m. New York.
The Catholic League is putting the heat on after becoming incensed over recent remarks by guest Dan Savage, who is a gay rights activist. He criticized the Catholic Church on the show last week in what the article calls a “profanity-laced rant.”
“The show deserves to be cancelled,” the Catholic League wrote in a letter to Time Warner. It also included “54 anti-Catholic statements made by Bill Maher on TV,” the story says.
Maher has long been opposed to organized religion and has spoken often on the topic. He even devoted an entire movie to the subject -- "Religulous," released in 2008. He has also said that he is an agnostic, not an atheist. As a child, Maher has said, he was raised as a Catholic.
According to TMZ.com, Savage, who was criticizing a bishop who claims children adopted by gay children have a higher suicide rate, said, “He's confusing children of gay parents with children who are raped by Catholic priests." Savage also described them as “kiddie-f***ing Catholic priests,” TMZ notes.
The TMZ report notes that the Catholic League "has had issues with Maher for years," and adds: "Savage's remarks incensed the org ... so they sent a list of every 'anti-Catholic' statement ever mentioned on the show -- going as far back as '98 -- asking every bishop to write Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, urging him to give the show the ax."