In the video embedded below, "Real Time" host Bill Maher reveals that he has actually been a praying Catholic all the while he was spouting atheist rhetoric.
In the clip, Maher is surprised in his dressing room by actress Annabelle Gurwitch, who catches him praying at a makeshift altar.
"Uh, what are you doing?" Gurwitch asked.
"I'm praying," Maher blandly replied.
"Bill, you're an atheist," said Gurwitch. "Everyone knows you're an atheist."
"Well, everybody in the business knows I play an atheist," he explained. "Stephen Colbert isn't really a conservative. Rock Hudson wasn't really a lady-killer. This is an act, this is what we do."
He went on to say that it's all been an act, that he tours the country making money off of atheists and giving it to local churches.
"And not to charity stuff, they have that shit covered," he said. "This is strictly for enforcing religious dogma."
Then Burwitch asked if Maher was lying about being a pothead, too.
"No," he replied. "I'm crazy, but not stupid."
Watch the video, embedded below via Funny or Die:
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