“I will be brief and hopefully not too controversial,” quipped Bill Maher as he took the stage Tuesday, in the Century Plaza’s Los Angeles Ballroom during a benefit for the American Oceans Campaign, which honored former President Bill Clinton.
“There have been mixed signals about returning our lives to normal, but events like this one, which better our environment, should remain a priority, he said. “We all know where the fight is now, but our oceans are also in trouble, and we must make the water better for the entire planet, even if we are about to kick some ass abroad.”
When Clinton, who received a standing ovation as he took the stage to receive his award, thanked Maher for his words, he joked: “I am glad I don’t get in trouble for what I say anymore.” Referring to the recent attacks, Clinton said, “Don’t lose heart, just go on and save the oceans while you’re at it.”
After delivering a heartwarming speech to attendees, who included AOC founder Ted Danson, Mary Steenbergen and org chair Keith Addis, the ex-prez stayed a while to mingle and take in the tunes of performer Ray Charles.
On hand to support the AOC were Barbra Streisand, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Dennis Quaid, Jeff Goldblum, Christine Lahti, Malcolm McDowell, Kristin Davis and Sylvester Stallone.