By Joey Nolfi
June 06, 2017 at 01:32 PM EDT
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Bill Maher is gearing up for his second round in the media ring with controversial conservative personality Milo Yiannopoulos.

The Real Time host told Esquire in an interview published Tuesday that he’s currently in the process of courting the 32-year-old U.K. native for another appearance on his HBO talk series, which Yiannopoulos previously visited in February.

“I actually want to have him back,” Maher told Esquire. “I don’t think he would be that hard to bring around to a much more reasonable position.”

A source confirms to EW that Yiannopoulos is one of many names Real Time is considering to feature on future episodes.

During his guest spot on Real Time, Yiannopoulos criticized female comedians like Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, and Sarah Silverman for “contracting feminism.” He also took shots at Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones; his Twitter account was suspended in 2016 after he was accused of harassing Jones on Twitter.

Shortly after his gig on Real Time, the Donald Trump supporter resigned from his Breitbart News post, lost his Simon & Schuster book deal, and was ousted from a list of presenters set to speak at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference after comments he made about pedophilia surfaced online.

Maher later took credit for Yiannopoulos’ downfall, telling The New York Times: “He was just getting on my radar. I said, specifically, sunlight is the best disinfectant… What I think people saw was an emotionally needy Ann Coulter wannabe, trying to make a buck off of the left’s propensity for outrage. And by the end of the weekend, by dinnertime Monday, he’s dropped as a speaker at CPAC. Then he’s dropped by Breitbart, and his book deal falls through. As I say, sunlight is the best disinfectant. You’re welcome.”

Last weekend, Maher himself made headlines after using the N-word in a joke during Saturday’s Real Time broadcast. Yiannopoulos plans to self-publish his new book, Dangerous, on July 4.

Representatives for Yiannopoulos and HBO did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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