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‘Real Time’ host Bill Maher has predicted that the death of Queen Elizabeth II will mark the end of the British people’s complete ‘reverence’ for the royal family.
“I made a lot of jokes about the Queen. I noticed every time it was a British person, like, even those who seem iconoclastic, Sharon Osbourne was there, Piers Morgan, Andrew Sullivan, the Brits – that isn’t funny,” Maher said. out of the round table on Friday evening. It’s like, ‘Oh, no, don’t call it the old bag.’ Either way, ‘No.'”
“Even those who came to America, the Brits, they got it, they got the stuff – or, my question is is it just for this lady?” Maher wondered. “I think it died with her. I think the reverence – I think she was the last. And now the monarchy – I’m not going to say it’s going away. But I think that kind of genre, ‘No, don’t ‘I’m not saying anything about’ – I think you’ll be fine. I think she was the last thing. “
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Reason Magazine editor Matt Welch responded by saying he finds it hard to believe British singer John Lydon, known as Johnny Rotten, will say “God save the King” after tweeting his best wishes for the queen.
“That’s what I say, it’s in their blood,” Maher said.
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Another NYU panelist and professor, Scott Galloway, whose parents emigrated from the UK to the US, told Maher he couldn’t think of another individual in history “who ruled over an institution with so much grace for 70 years,” adding that he thought it was “comforting” to “see so many people coming together and being collectively sad for one person.”
“This guy is just a second-generation Brit, apparently, and he’s got a boner for her,” Maher joked.
“100%, 100%,” smiled Galloway.
Maher, who has repeatedly told his audience that he has always “loved” the Queen, cracked a few jokes during his opening monologue in reaction to her passing.
“Queen Elizabeth died at 96. They say the cause of death was Meghan Markle’s podcast,” Maher joked.
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The HBO star also told his audience that President Biden and former President Trump sent their condolences to the British people, adding that Trump offered to “bury him in his golf course.”