Bill Maher knew why his audience was cheering.
On Friday’s edition of Real Time, the comedian dove into the three women suing President Donald J. Trump: Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant who claims that Trump sexually harassed her in his infamous Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow, and who is set to face off against the president in a subsequent defamation suit; Karen McDougal, a former Playboy Playmate who alleges she had an affair with Trump only to have American Media Inc., which owns the Trump-friendly rag the National Enquirer, purchase the rights to her story and then bury it in a “catch and kill”; and last but certainly not least, Stormy Daniels, a porn star who says she conducted an affair with a then-married Trump in 2006 only to be paid for her silence and intimidated by his minions.
“Facebook is a great way to go online and check out your old girlfriends—like Trump does with Pornhub,” said Maher at the top of his monologue Friday.
“Oh yes, let’s see what went on in this week’s episode of Restoring Honor and Dignity,” he continued. “First, there’s a former Apprentice contestant [Zervos] who says she was the victim of Trump’s unwanted sexual advances, she’s suing him; Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal said they had an affair, she’s suing to tell her story; and of course porn star Stormy Daniels revealed a lie detector test this week about the time she was fucking Trump, and passed the test.”
In addition to Trump Sr., tabloid allegations surfaced this week that his recently-divorced son, Donald Trump Jr., may have conducted an affair with the pop star Aubrey O’Day during or after the fifth season of Celebrity Apprentice.
“It also came out this week that Don Jr. [was] apparently having an affair with an Apprentice contestant. This must be the breakdown of the family that conservatives warned about if we allowed gay marriage, don’t you think?” cracked Maher.
He added, “And in the Don Jr. case, his wife [Vanessa] allegedly found out about the affair because—listen to this, it’s so cliché—[she] checked his phone when he was in the shower, and one of the texts said, ‘We can’t keep meeting like this.’ Turns out that was from the Russians.”
Maher also, as is his wont, couldn’t resist throwing a low blow Ivanka Trump’s way during a bit riffing on McDougal’s recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“There was a poignant moment: Karen McDougal, she said she was sorry for what she did to the other woman in the equation—but Ivanka said, ‘It’s OK,’” joked Maher.
The main event, however, appears to be Stormy Daniels’ exclusive interview this Sunday with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, where she is said to finally open up about her affair with Trump and the alleged lengths his team went to secure her silence.
“But what we’re all waiting for: Sunday, 60 Minutes,” said Maher. “Stormy Daniels is on 60 Minutes. Stormy says she’s not going to go into details about sex with Donald Trump, she’s saving that for another show: 60 Seconds.”