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Bill Maher Allegedly Refused to Be Sober During Interview With Steve-O

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On the latest episode of his podcast Wild Ride!, Steve-O said he turned down appearing on Bill Maher‘s podcast because the Club Random host refused to not smoke weed during their chat.

Steve-O — whose real name is Stephen Glover — asked conservative commentator Patrick Bet-David, who appeared on Club Random recently, about his experience with Maher, particularly about how he felt about the TV personality smoking weed in the room.

While Bet-David didn’t appear to have an issue with it, Glover noted that he brought it up because Maher didn’t respect his wishes as a former addict to have a sober environment.

“For me, I’m a clean and sober guy. It’s very important that I maintain my sobriety,” said Glover. “I’m about to be sweet 16 [years sober], coming up on it. Really, there’s nothing I value more than my sobriety. There’s nothing more that I protect than my recovery.”

He continued, “I found it kind of upsetting when the Bill Maher podcast reached out — and his thing is he smokes pot the whole time while he interviews people. I said ‘Hey, I’d happily go on there, but while I’m on, out of respect for my sobriety, could he refrain from smoking pot?’ He said ‘No, that’s a dealbreaker.’”

Glover then pointed out that Mike Tyson’s podcast Hotboxin’, which makes a direct reference to smoking weed with its name, respected his sobriety request during his guest appearance. “Be real, all of these prolific potheads…I’ve been on their shows and it wasn’t so important to them to blow marijuana smoke in my face but for Bill Maher, it was a dealbreaker,” he said.

The new Wild Ride podcast episode appears to have been filmed a while ago, as Glover celebrated his 16-year sobriety anniversary on March 10. He shared the exact date he got sober while speaking with Louder Sound in 2023. In that interview, Glover explained, “I thought I was a lost cause, a write-off. It just so happened that Johnny Knoxville and some of the people in our Jackass world staged an intervention. They locked me up in a psychiatric ward, and I was locked up long enough and exposed to the right kind of message that I realized, ‘Wow, I have to do something.’ I’ve been sober ever since.”

THR has reached out to Maher for comment.

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