Fox News analyst Margaret Hoover confirmed that, in spite of his denials, Zach Galifianakis did indeed light up a marijuana joint on the set of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Hoover discussed the questionable doobie on Thursday night’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“If you’ve been to a rock concert you know that pot sort of makes these big billowy white clouds and it didn’t do that so I wasn’t sure if it was real or not … I asked Zach afterwards he said it was ‘THC-free’ marijuana,” Hoover said on the show.
Galifianakis fired up what appeared to be a doobie during the Oct. 29 episode of “Real Time.” He was on a panel of guests who were discussing Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana for recreational use in California. Proposition 19 was defeated by a 54%-46% margin in Tuesday’s election. During the Maher appearance, Galifianakis passed the joint to Hoover who smelled it before offering it to her fellow panelists.
“It’s real,” Hoover said after taking a sniff.
“Real Time” films at the CBS Television City compound in Los Angeles where medical marijuana is legal for people with prescriptions from a doctor.
Both Maher and Galifianakis later denied that the joint was real. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, Maher said:
“If it was a real joint, Wolf, I would have smoked it … I think it was cloves or something … Zach’s crazy, he’s not that crazy.”
“It was definitely not cloves,” Hoover said on “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Galifianakis suggested the stunt was “smoke and mirrors” during an appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” The comedian is currently promoting his movie “Due Date.”
Hoover has not responded to a request for comment from The Observer.
Full Disclosure: Hunter Walker made a donation of $20 to the “Yes on 19” campaign.