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Lesson of the day: Don’t joke that you’ll fork over some cash to Donald Trump — the Apprentice host may miss the humor and demand you pay up.

That’s exactly what’s happening to Bill Maher. During a guest appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last month, Maher quipped that Trump must be “the spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan” (Exhibit A: his orange hair). In a riff off of Trump’s own offer to give $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama’s choice if the President released his college paperwork, Maher said he would do the same for Trump if the real estate mogul supplied proof that he is not descended from an ape.

Well, Trump wasted no time getting a copy of his New York birth certificate (with the presumably human Fred C. Trump listed as his father) to Maher within two days of the appearance on Leno’s show, but Maher hasn’t handed over the $5 million he promised with such deep sincerity.

On Monday, Trump took his grievances to one of the few places that would hear them, Fox News’ Fox & Friends, announcing via phone that he will sue Maher for that $5 million for charity. [UPDATE Feb. 5, 5:28 p.m. ET: A rep for Trump confirmed to EW that the action was filed on Monday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.]

When it was suggested that liberal comedian Maher might have been making a joke, Trump said, “I don’t think he was joking. He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn’t a joke. In fact, he was nervous when he said it; it was a pathetic delivery.” (Judge that for yourself in the video clip when Maher makes the offer joke.)

On the show, Trump did not mention where he would donate the lawsuit winnings.

Listen to Trump’s legal threat in the video below:

EW’s request for comment to Maher has not yet been returned.

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