During a recent sitdown with Sam Harris, Bill Maher admitted his friendship with Howard Stern has fallen apart.
Maher and Stern have never always seen eye to eye over the years. After a long period of the two at odds, the two media personalities were able to rekindle their friendship.
Now, it seems Maher has once again lost contact with the Sirius XM host.
Whilst hosting the Club Random podcast, Maher admitted: “Howard Stern and I… for years, animosity… anyway we got back together like two lost lovers. We had just repaired this relationship where we’re like having this beautiful friendship and now I think I’ll never see him again.”
Maher went on to blame Howard Stern’s past paranoia over the Coronavirus pandemic as the root cause.
“He is in my view a germaphobe. I think he would admit, it’s pretty obvious,” the HBO host told Harris.
Bill Maher: “I can’t live in your paranoid world”
“I can’t live in that world. I don’t want to. I can’t live in your paranoid world.”
Maher wasn’t exactly clear on why he presumes he will never see Stern again. Whilst it’s clear that friendship between the two once again has become a touchy subject, it sure seems odd that they had possibly instigated a feud over germaphobia. It’s all a little strange.
It is true that Bill Maher and Howard Stern certainly held differing opinions on the pandemic.
Bill Maher was notably one of the only television personalities to openly criticise COVID measures and vaccine mandates, often admitting to not trusting the complete medical advice given.
Stern on the other hand was far more compliant. The popular radio show often mocked anti-vax and pandemic sceptics. Last month, Stern made his first outing to dinner in nearly three years since the virus first became a national issue, according to a report from Page Six.
Meanwhile, Maher has continued to air his show with a full-size audience, performing stand-up across the country.