Bill Maher Shocks ‘The View’ With Karl Rove Gay Lover Joke (Video)

The crowd gasps as the HBO host takes a provocative jab at the Republican strategist

Bill Maher isn’t always known for tact, but even he may have gone too far on Monday’s episode of “The View.” Maher made an off-color joke at the expense of GOP strategist Karl Rove during the show that left audience members speechless.

Co-host Sherri Shepherd asked the “Real Time” host for his take on the criticism about Hillary Clinton’s current book tour, which prompted Maher to bring up Karl Rove’s controversial comments about her alleged mental health.

“This is what they do. She’s used to it, I mean look what Karl Rove did to her a couple weeks ago,” Maher said. “Bringing up brain damage and just saying, ‘well, I’m not saying she does, I’m just putting it out there.’ I wonder if Karl Rove’s gay lover that he murdered … oh, I’m not saying that’s definitely true, I’m just putting it out there.”

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The crowd was caught off-guard by the provocative quip. Guest host Greg Anthony quickly changed topics and asked Maher if he voted for Clinton in the 2008 primary.

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“No, I voted for the boy who won,” Maher said. “Oh, I didn’t mean it that way.”

Shepherd and Anthony looked uncomfortable as Maher laughed nervously.

“What? What?” Shepherd said.

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