Bill Maher Outs Ken Mehlman on Larry King Live

Bill Maher appeared on Larry King Live Wednesday night and outed RNC Chair Ken Mehlman. Via AmericaBlog comes this clip, for which I’ve written up a transcript.

MAHER: “Frank Rich wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. He said, yes we’ve heard about Mark Foley…but he said, that’s just the beginning of it. A lot of the chiefs of staff, the people who really run the underpinnings of the Republican party, are gay. I don’t want to mention names but I will Friday night.

KING: You will Friday night?

MAHER: There’s a couple people everybody in Washington knows, who run the Republican party

KING: You will name them?

MAHER: I wouldn’t be the first. I’d get sued if I was the first, but…you know, Ken Mehlman, okay there’s one I think people have talked about. I don’t think he’s denied it when people have suggested it (actually, he has). He doesn’t say…

KING: Ken Mehlman? I’ve never heard that. But the question is…

MAHER: Maybe you don’t go to the same bathhouse I do Larry.

KING: Why would someone who is gay take public anti-gay positions? Why would you do that?

MAHER: Because Larry, hating yourself is the greatest love of all.

KING: (Laughs)

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  1. Doogie Howsah says

    I watched this just now on the west coast and heard no reference to Ken Mehlman, although I watched this entire exchange. Did CNN censor Mehlman’s name for the tape-delayed west coast?

  2. says

    I don’t see where he outed him. He was speculating, like everyone else has for weeks, but where is the proof?

    I mean, what about the ad campaign parody that has the guy asking Ken to call him at the end.

    I’ve seen this same story on 3 different blogs. Did Bill Maher REALLY out him? Doesn’t sound like it to me.

  3. J.C. says

    Whatever Bill Maher said about Ken Mehlman during the East Coast live feed was edited out for the West Coast rebroadcast. I just watched the 12 midnight replay and no mention was made of Mehlman.

  4. Pandora says

    It appears that CNN has edited the portion of the Larry King Live show where Bill Maher has “outed” Ken Mehlman.

    You can view this missing portion on YouTube.

    Here is the link to YouTube.

    Also, Wikipedia has already updated their Ken Mehlman page (this is where I got the You Tube link from).

    It’ll be an interesting show Friday to see who else it “outed”.



  5. Ryan says

    If Ken is gay, it should be easy for him to keep his secret. Man is not pretty and likely not getting any.

    I hate self-loathing gay men!

  6. Glenn says

    Larry King is such a clueless fuck, that’s why people agree to be interviewed by him. I mean, he’s “never heard” that Mehlman is gay? Please.

  7. JoeInSF says

    Why are we not surprised? Ken joins Condi and several other high-ranking Bush officials rumored to be gay. For me, it is sad that our own people seem to be throwing us “under the bus.” But isn’t that what self-hating people do?

    You can’t change something within (the Republican Party) when you don’t have enough courage to be proud and out about yourself.

  8. Ogden says

    I do have to say, this political season has taught me one thing, if you are aware of a self-loathing gay man who’s in the closet and doing harm to our community, it is our responsibility to drag him out of that very closet. Shame on anyone who would intentionally inflick harm on a community simply because they are in denial. That includes Bush!

  9. yeahisaidit says

    …think about it, the republican party can make great use of certain gays…self-loathing? how about power mad, greedy, largely white and ruthless with no scruples, gay men who are only concerned with their own personal comfort and to hell with anyone else…perfect tools! it’s been the right’s open secret for the longest…THANK YOU bill maher yet again for saying out loud what most people will only whisper…!

  10. Marco says

    I can’t believe they edited this out on the West Coast. Must be that “Liberal Media” I keep hearing about.

    It’s ridiculous. Everyone and their mother knows Kenny is a big ole Mary. Perhaps after Ken gets the rumored booting out for not being able to save the house and senate he’ll come out and face the music.

  11. jimmyboyo says

    Arianna huffington is offering the regular clip and the censored clip for viewing

    I was expecting Bill Maher tonight to be interesting due to the elections…..added bonus ken mehlman and cnn censorship controversey.

  12. Mike says

    Given that his sexuality is hardly likely to be a secret in the higher ranks, his attitude to his sexuality is the damning factor. If he’s prepared to live in secret and send others up the creek, then that sends out a poor message about the values of gay people.

    Compare radio talk-back personality Alan Jones in Australia, with a direct line to the ruling party, but who has lived in the closet ( a more or less open secret for 30 years ) in all that time.

  13. Cory says

    I am surprised here people. I understand taking issue with someone who may be “closeted, self-loathing” and inflicting undue harm to said community, HOWEVER it is NO ONES RIGHT TO OUT ANYONE. PERIOD. How would any one have felt being outed when they were younger or uncomfortable with this subject? I am not excusing the Republikkklan agenda but I have lost friends to suicide for this same reason and I hate to see the gay community approving of doing this to someone else. We should be and are above this, let’s not sink to the Republikkklans level…

  14. Rick says

    Religion and republicans teach gay people to hate themselves and their communities their whole lives. So, it is no surprise to me that “gay” these people speak out against us. What would their moms say if they liked us? I think the shock value of the obvious is fading for me. My heart is broken, but I love my gay community, and I will be their for them no matter what. Somehow the luxury of pretending I am someone else my whole life was never a possibility. Rick

  15. Nikko says

    Sorry, Cory, but if your “friends” committed suicide because of the Republikkans then they are cowardly losers with no balls.And probably not real friends. I have as much sympathy for them as their enemies.Wretches. I can’t believe many of the worst enemies of gays are gays themselves(Hitler?)!

  16. Leland says

    Nikko, your comment about Cory’s friends are disgusting and repugnant in the extreme. Your childish insensitivity about their deaths has nothing to do with the rightness or wrongness of outing or the genuine evil of the GOP. YOU, Nikko, are a part of the problem not the solution and I’m embarrassed to have my comments appear on the same page as yours.

  17. Derrick says

    This issue should not be confused with something like the outing of a 15yr old in a small rural town. These men are making decisions that affect millions of people. In addition, they publicly support, either directly or via association, an anti-gay agenda; and then sample the fruits of their publicly “demonized” sexual orientation behind closed doors. These men represent the ultimate in selfishness. I do not believe for a second that they are closeted amongst their peers, the same people they congratulate and shake hands with after every public utterance of anti-gay rhetoric. And for what? Their own financial prosperity? Meanwhile, the honest are expected to endure the repeated poisonous bites from these snakes. I understand Cory’s point, but I also believe in context. The right wing extremists started and continue to provoke anti-gay sentiment amongst the populace, using us as political weaponry to achieve their own selfish gains. Yes, the whole mess is ugly and unfair, but sometimes you have to turn around and punch the schoolyard bully in the gut. We only risk “stooping to their level” when we start summarizing the “rights” of others in absolutes. I’m very proud to see someone like Bill Maher going to bat for us.

  18. Cory says

    I just read Nikko’s comment. Um, sweetness you missed the point there. The Republikkklans didn’t cause my friends suicide, homophobia did and the fact that certain people in one’s life did out him resulting in emotional distress and eventually his untimely death. I am stunned that you would even write such a thing, condemning someone you have not even met for all the wrong reasons. I feel sad for you but hope you find some peace in all your anger…