During a “Late Show” interview, David Letterman asked Maher about his appearance on “The View” in which Hasselbeck chided Maher for making a joke at her expense. The HBO host explains the situation in a way only he could.
“I felt like a teenage boy at Penn State,” Maher tells Letterman. “[Hasselbeck] had some bug up her a**. Was I listening? Yada yada.”
The genesis of the rivalry extends back to Feb. 2011 during the Egyptian uprising when CBS correspondent Lara Logan was held captive and sexually assaulted. Maher used his cable show to joke about it.
“New rule. Now that Hosni Mubarak has released Lara Logan, he must put her intrepid hotness on a plane immediately. In exchange, we will send Elisabeth Hasselbeck,” he joked.
“The View” co-hostess brought up the matter with Maher during his appearance saying, “That wasn’t that funny.”
Maher countered with, “You are a public figure. It was not aimed at you personally, but when you are a public figure, you are out there and your fodder for comedians to make comments on.”
Here’s the video from Letterman…