Friend Bill Maher Cites Roseanne's History of Mental Illness

One of her multiple personalities is 'quite a racist,' he says
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
Friend Bill Maher Cites Roseanne's History of Mental Illness
Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher."   (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP)

Bill Maher says Roseanne Barr will always be a friend, but he called her out for the volatile tweets that resulted in the cancellation of her show. In his new Real Time With Bill Maher on HBO, however, Maher also drew a connection with the 65-year-old Barr's history of mental illness. “My friend Roseanne admitted that she had been admitted to a mental institution,” Maher said. “She has said she has multiple personalities and, unfortunately, one of them is quite a racist.” (See the video.) Barr revealed in 1994 that she had been diagnosed with multiple personality disorder, notes People.

“It is not a mystery to me that a person with a mental illness could be taken in by a party that has lost its mind," Maher said. Barr had made a reference to Valerie Jarrett and Planet of the Apes, and Maher brought up his own previous comparison of President Trump to an orangutan, reports Deadline. Not the same, he says. "White people have not been subjected to a racist trope comparing them to apes for hundreds of years.” Plus, he said, doubling down, "Trump is an orangutan." (Might Roseanne the show be back without Roseanne?)

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