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Bill Maher compliments Donald Trump

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Things we never thought we’d hear on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher: The host quote Kim Kardashian, compliment Donald Trump, and invite the now president-elect on his show. But hell froze over and all that happened on Friday night’s season finale.

Maher, who was once sued for $5 million by Trump for comparing his father to an orangutan, made some of the expected slams about the election in his monologue, but turned the tables rather considerably when it came time for the panel.

“He won. He ran a vicious, vulgar campaign, and I gave it back exactly in measure — I was also vicious and vulgar — but he won. And he did it his way,” Maher began. “He did the hardest thing in the entire world to do: win the election as the leader of the free world.”

“It took me eight years to get Obama on [my show] — maybe he’ll come on,” he added.

Things felt a little more like the Upside Down later in the show. “I was watching 60 Minutes and one of his fellow reality show contestants — I mean hosts — Kim Kardashian was on, and they asked her the typical question, you know, about, ‘Well, you don’t really have any talent… but you seem to be worth, like, $300 million.’ And she said, ‘Well, I guess that takes some sort of talent.’ I would say the same about Donald Trump: It takes some sort of talent. Maybe we should recognize that because we lost.”

Throughout the episode, Maher urged people protesting Trump’s win to accept that “we only get one president,” but reminded them — and Trump himself — that the many Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton remain Americans. He even handed out blue hats that said, “We’re still here.”

Watch the full episode below.

Real Time With Bill Maher returns to HBO in January 2017.