"She does not have a mean bone in her body," Maher told his HBO audience during his opening monologue, telling them O'Donnell is "an unemployed, anti-masturbation activist and a close friend of mine."
Such a close friend, in fact, that Maher threatened to show a clip each week until she agrees to an interview on "Real Time."
"She's nice and I have the proof," Maher said. "I have 22 episodes, Christine. If you're watching, I created you, you need to come on this show. If you don't come on this show I'm going to show a clip every week. I'm the only one who has them. I ordered them."
Then Maher did the big reveal, a short segment which included actor Jamie Kennedy listening incredulously to her story.
"I dabbled into witchcraft," O'Donnell says in the clip.
"I didn't join a coven, Let's get this straight," she says, as Kennedy asks her questions. "I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not makin' this stuff up. I know what they told me they do."
O'Donnell, sporting super permed hair, a blue sweater and black pants, then describes "one of my first dates with a witch."
It was "on a satanic altar and I didn't know it, and I mean there a little blood there and stuff like that," she says. "We went to a movie and had a little midnight picnic."
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