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July 15th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Bill Maher's advice to Piers Morgan: "Lose the accent...we all know he's from Brooklyn"

Bill Maher was the guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" Monday, and it re-airs tonight, 9pmET/PT (along with a new interview of Morgan Freeman). We caught up with Maher after the interview, and wondered if there's a "new rule" he can give to Piers Morgan, CNN host. "Lose the accent, no one is buying that accent," said Maher. "Yes, it was instrumental in getting the job, something different, that set him apart from everybody else, but we all know he's from Brooklyn."

We also asked Maher for his prediction about the 2012 GOP nominee.

His pick: Mitt Romney. "I can't wait for America to find out what a Mormon is," he said.

Watch the full interview tonight, 9pmET/PT.

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  1. Harold

    I was never a Larry King fan, but this new guy Pierce makes me miss him dearly. I respect the British, but am sick of the recent glut of tv. hosts with the snooty accents. I would be willing to bet that his ratings doesn't even come near that off the former host. lastly, I expect him to be replaced, or a new show to eventually take his time slot.

    July 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • ContentiousMoi

      "but am sick of the recent glut of tv. hosts with the snooty accents" – Piers is posh-ish but there are far snootier accents on tthis side of the pond believe me . What other snooty accented hosts are there on American TV?

      July 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kd

      I have lost faith in CNN due to that fool piers and nancy.

      July 17, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • LibelFreeZone

        Me, too, Kd. But Piers Morgan is a tabloid hack, so he and Nasty DisGrace are just swimming together in the same media cesspool. Morgan spent OVER A DECADE working for one repellant tabloid newspaper after another in Britain, so why would he change his stripes here?

        July 18, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • mojo

        um i assume your talking about nancy grace..yea she's not on CNN she's on HNL. You know what's worse than snooty tv hosts?? bashing people and topics without the correct information, that's a nancy grace move right there, you sure you hate her?? lol

        July 29, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Kd

      I have lost faith in CNN due to that fool piers and nancy. He just kisses ass and has nothing to add and does not have a mind of his own. Bad move CNN

      July 17, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tiffany

      I bet Pier blew the ratings away compared to Larry in the beginning.They needed young blood,Larry was very much outdated. Piers dares to asked the difficult questions.Keep up the good work!

      July 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • LibelFreeZone

        Morgan is consistently at the bottom of the ratings in the 9:00 pm time slot.

        July 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JG

      If you're going to say anything, especially in disagreement, at least get his name right. It's even printed in the headline of the story so you can't miss it.

      July 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ib42

    Yeah, what is it about Americans having screaming orgasms over the British accent? I, too, am sick of the incredible numbers of an accent that is seriously turning me ubiquitous has it become on TV. What's wrong with American doing American TV shows? Not a damn thing.
    We are showing our true colors by this worship of all things British...all things European, actually. A deep shame about who we really are..our adventures into military opportunism. our disgraceful politicians, especially the repubs, lack of any decency and manners in the general population and embarrassing rank in education worldwide has brought us so far down, we just can't stand being 'us' anymore..

    July 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. William

    Like Larry King Piers seems to be so infatuated with the likes of Bill Maher. I guess he also wants to follow Larry King's declining ratings by turnig off intelligent viewers who have no interest in listening to the likes of Bill Maher spew his tired, old, narow minded liberalism.

    July 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Lucinda

    Bill Maher hit the nail on the head when he suggested that President Obama is being held to a different standard possibly because he is our first black president. He got stuck with George Bushs' mess. So' if he can't clean it up he's a bad president ? I think not.

    July 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. TF MacDon

    Why did Piers allow Mr Maher off the hook with Maher's filisbuster response regarding what Maher thinks Bush should have done differently after 9/11? Maher did not even come close to answering the question. Is Piers already becomong a Larry King "clone"?

    July 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Horace

      Really, if he can't clean it up, then he's not a bad president? Well, I want a president who can, not just excuses for the failure to do so.

      July 16, 2011 at 12:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Laura

        I have only one thing to say.... Allen West For President in 2012.

        July 17, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jamie

    I like Piers. Just wish his guests were something other than the run of the mill see them everywhere or tied to the latest news or movie people. I know the promotional folks have to make the rounds but it would be nice to alternate them with the unexpected someone you don't see every day. Enjoyed tonight with Bill Mahar. It was a good conversation.

    July 15, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Scott

    Piers, why do you (or anybody else on CNN) continue to bring back this disgusting, filth-spewing little hate-monger Bill Maher? He is living proof that the radical left is full of nothing but hate. Meanwhile, you bring on Ann Coulter and then slander Tea Party supporters in that interview. Disgusting.

    July 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Name*

      Because that hate is driven by logic.

      July 16, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Katyo

      I am really tired of any disagreement, snark, or ridicule being labeled as "hate". That word is so overused – especially on the internet – that it's starting to lose all meaning. Bill Maher is an unabashedly liberal COMEDIAN. Just because you don't like his jokes or agree with his viewpoints doesn't mean he's full of "hate". What a bunch of whiners.

      July 16, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jenna


    GW Bush is NOT a Texan. He was born in CT. And if you bought his book then you understand that a fool and his money are soon parted

    Might I suggest you have Randi Rhodes and Stephanie Miller on your show to discuss Progressive views.

    I for one am sick and tired of the fake Evangelical Christian TEAHADISTS. Our nation is not a THEOCRACY but a DEMOCRACY.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Michelle

    it's pretty lame to see all this Morgan and Maher bashing, rather than discussion/debate about the many interesting topics touched during this episode...

    July 16, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Joe

    I watched the interview with Bill Maher and can only say nothing because my mother taught if you can't say something nice then say nothing at all. I did enjoy the banter but cannot believe people actually feel this current president is doing a good job leading our nation. Where is Harry Truman when you need him?

    July 16, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Horace

    Nothing new in this interview. Asking Bill Maher his feelings about the Republicans is like asking Adolph Hitler how he liked the Jews after he spent 1932 – 1945 demonizing and persecuting them. Why waste time when your answers are foregone conclusions?

    July 16, 2011 at 3:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Scott

    I am not a dieheart fan of Bill Mahr, but he does speak the absolute unquestionable truth often. Case in point, see: Double Standard in play or just a case of blatant amnesia on the part
    of the President's opponents? We have never had a perfect President, yet the "Art of Compromise" for the good of the people somehow has tended to be honored and prevailed. How long do the citizens of this country have to put up with this political muck. Greed and disrespect for morality in this country has hit an all-time low. I am also a Korean War Veteran, too. What, what in the world or in the Name of God, are our service men fighting for? "Stand Down" is currently
    underway in San Diego this weekend!!!

    July 16, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Truly Annoyed with the BS

    Some people are just educated dummies. They can be intellegent and have no common sense because they operate on emotions instead of logical and practical thinking. I am a republican and I listen to my party; it's a disgrace that we look like fools with these bold face lies. We all are not rich business owners; let's stop the greed, the prejudice, hidden racist crap. It's a shame we are being cowardly rats; take our hit and admit we F'd up everything with the Bush era. Let's trying new ideas to fix what we basically messed. Let's do more than what we are doing because we look like fools to the world with the politics games we are playing.

    July 16, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Tyler

    The "accent" argument you all are making are weak. Who cares if many television hosts have a British accent? It's just an accent! There are many types of accents in America. Personally I wouldn't want to listen to a Southern American accent on TV anyway, which we rarely do thank God. But case in point let the ratings speak for themselves. If viewers are turning in, CNN and Piers Morgan are doing something right. If not then they'll find something out.

    July 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nicholas Ayot

    I think there's much reaction and emotional outburst than level headed thinking in the Bill Maher assertions on Piers Morgan tonight.

    July 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Raye

    I love Piers Morgan Tonight. He asks intelligent questions, he doesn't interject his opionions, and he holds the audience attention. Just because a person speaks with an accent that is different from mine does not mean he thinks with an accent.

    July 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Kevin

    Observation, Maher reminds me of Bush. Silly facial expressions, weird hand gestures and is normally the dumbest person on the panel. Watch and you'll see!

    July 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Dori Owen

    I love you dearly and watch all of the fabulous interviews, but, please Piers–"orientated" is not a word.

    July 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nana

      When I last checked the English dictionary "orientated" was still a word. What language are you referring ?

      Piers you are a breath of sensibility. Keep up the good work. Hope we all see more of Bill Maher on your show.

      July 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Billy

    Piers, watched your show today with Bill Maher and heard some interesting comments on China. Anyway you can get George Friedman from Stratfor on your show? He has some very interesting middle of the road accessment of the USA along with all countries based on geopolitical science. Btw, liking your show these days, a bit rough at first but you seem to have found your footing. nice job! and look forward to your talk show in the morning, seeing that i'm located in asia.

    July 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Frank Tan

    Bill Maher is funny, honest and smart ! Everything he said made good sense.

    Piers Morgan is great too . Accent ? What accent ... I don't have an accent until I came to USA !!!????

    July 18, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. ContentiousMoi

    Maybe going off the topic of this particular edition, but Piers seems to have admirers here as well as critics – should CNN ask him to resign or clarify his position on the hitherto unchallenged allegation that he was involved in phonetapping ? Not only is he not rushing to sue but his comments on the affair on Twitter and elsewhere have been pro Murdoch and anti Hugh Grant.

    July 18, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LibelFreeZone

      The truth is likely to emerge about Piers Morgan's tenure at three repellant British tabloids. ]The Sun (1989–94), News of the World (1994–95), Daily Mirror (1995–04)] If it's determined that Morgan employed the same criminal tactics, I expect CNN to fire him immediately.

      July 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Exasperated

    I taped and rewatched the Piers Morgan interview with Bill Maher. Piers interrupted Bill over 30 times. He needs to calm down and start listening to his guests answers, instead of thinking only of his own next comment or question.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. ANNIE


    July 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. FollowThe Money

    Surely we haven't forgotten that Time/Warner owns CNN and HBO. So of course Bill Maher will continue to have a frequent and comfortable seat on Piers Morgan. The shared owner dictates Mr. Morgan cannot grill Mr. Maher anymore than Mc Donald's can grill the perfect burger. That being said there was no excuse for Mr. Morgan's brown-nosing. I used to love Bill Maher but he has jumped the shark so many times in the last four years that I usually feel embarrassed for him now when I force myself to watch. Anyone who does not feel likewise is merely enjoying the cheap but soul-damaging thrill of the demagogue.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. M Nielsen

    It is so amusing to read the comments about accents written by Americans. People, do you never get out? Never listen to yourselves speak? Your version of spoken English is rich in regional accents, mispronunciations, bad grammar and misuse of words. As an example the common American non use of the word an in front of a word beginning with a vowel. Thus we hear "ay egg", "ay unknown assailant", on your news, in interviews and discussion. And people, the plural of process is not processeees, it is processes. And best of all, although you needn't change, it makes you special, the last letter of the alphabet is pronounced zed, not zee. Look up "provincialism", look outside your own borders.

    March 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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