‘Real Time’: Rob Reiner Defends CNN’s Canned Jeffrey Lord; Bill Maher Chalks Sexual Harassment Up To “Male Laziness”

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UPDATE with video The return of Jeffrey Lord on tonight’s Real Time With Bill Maher wasn’t quite the bloody slugfest that might have been expected: Even Rob Reiner defended the conservative Trump die-hard from his firing last summer by CNN.

A refresher: Lord, the ever-smiling, gray-haired defender of all things Donald, who routinely sparred with CNN’s eye-rolling anchors and panelists, was canned in August by the network after he wrote a satirical column about Media Matters that ended with a reference to “Sieg Heil!”

“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” CNN said, dropping the ax.

But neither Reiner nor Maher were holding it against him. During an about-to-be-heated conversation over Russian meddling in our elections, with Lord trying to pivot to Hillary and China, Reiner first joked, “He’s already spinning, there’s a hole in the ground.”

But then he cleared the air. “I think what (CNN) did to Jeff was wrong,” Reiner said, with Maher seeming to agree. “It was clearly a joke. I’m not on his side in terms of policy, but, I mean, that was a bad deal.”

Later in the show, Maher chalked up Lord’s firing to political correctness, making a comparison to the recent uproar when the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel made a racist gesture about Dodgers’ pitcher Yu Darvish.

Maher also noted that the tie-less (and slightly longer-haired) Lord seemed “more relaxed” than during his CNN days.

“After spending two years of eight to one,” Lord said, “this is a breeze.”

Later, in the New Rules segment (watch it above), Maher switched gears to talk about Hollywood’s recent glut of car-driving movies like Baby Driver and the flood of sexual harassment allegations.

The connection? Both are examples, he said – missing many points entirely – of “male laziness.” Seems car-driving is “such a lazy way to be a bad ass,” and Harvey Weinstein might not have needed to abuse women if “he’d only made a minimal effort, joined Jenny Craig, listened, shaved” and “attracted women the old-fashioned way, by being rich and not entirely repulsive.”

Or something like that. He was wrong about Baby Driver too.

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