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“Real Time” host Bill Maher predicted the death of Queen Elizabeth II would end the British people’s total “reverence” for the royal family.
“I made a lot of jokes about the Queen. I noticed that whenever it was a British person, like, even people who seem iconoclasts, Sharon Osbourne was here, Piers Morgan, Andrew Sullivan, British people — It’s not funny,” Maher kicked off Friday Night’s Panel Discussion. It’s like, ‘Oh, no, don’t call it an old bag.’ Whatever, ‘No.'”
“Even the people who came to America, the British people, had it—or, my question is, is it just this woman?” Maher was surprised. “I think it died with her. I think Shraddha—I think she was the last. And now Rajshahi—I’m not going to say it’s going to go away. But I kind of feel like ‘No, don’t say anything about it’ – I think it’s about to go. I guess that was the last thing.”
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Reason Magazine’s editor at large, Matt Welch, responded by saying that he found it hard to believe that British singer John Lydon, better known as Johnny Rotten, after tweeting his best wishes for the Queen. God save the king”.
“That’s what I’m saying, it’s in their blood,” Maher responded.
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Fellow panelist and NYU professor Scott Galloway, whose parents moved from the UK to the US, told Maher that he can’t think of any other person in history “who in 70 years has brimmed an institution with so much grace.” He thought it was “pleasant” to see so many people come together and collectively grieve about one person.
“This guy is only second-generation British, apparently, and he’s got a hurt for that,” joked Maher.
“100 percent, 100 percent,” Galloway smiled.
Maher, who has repeatedly told his audience that he has always “liked” the Queen, cracked a few jokes during his opening monologue in reaction to her passing.
“Queen Elizabeth passed away at 96. They say the cause of death was Meghan Markle’s podcast,” joked Maher.
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The HBO star also told his audience that both President Biden and former President Trump sent their condolences to the British people, adding that Trump offered to “bury him at their golf course”.