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Olbermann and Tarantino lead provocative guest list on Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher

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Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher should be an interesting affair. By way of chance, two particularly outspoken and intriguing figures will hit the show on the same night: Quentin Tarantino and Keith Olberman. Add in round-table guest Anthony Weiner, and there should be a high chance of fireworks.

Tarantino, whose anticipated new Western The Hateful Eight starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russel comes out on Christmas, has been on the hot seat lately for allegedly calling police officers “murderers” at an anti-police brutality rally on October 24 in New York City.

The lauded director recently clarified his comments in response to police groups across the nation calling for a boycott of The Hateful Eight. Speaking to the LA Times in his first interview since the rally, Tarantino said, “All cops are not murderers. I never said that. I never even implied that.”

However, Tarantino isn’t exactly backing down from his stance about brutality, either.“What they’re doing is pretty obvious,” Tarantino continued. “Instead of examining the problem of police brutality in this country, better they single me out…What I said was the truth. I’m used to people misrepresenting me; I’m used to being misunderstood.”

Meanwhile, political/sports commentator Keith Olbermann is coming to the show after cancelling in September to take care of his dog, according to Deadline.

The always provocative anchor — who was let go from ESPN over the summer — has been suspended multiple times in the past for a variety of reasons, including making political contributions without the approval of MSNBC, as well as making audacious comments, such as calling college students at Penn State “pitiful.” While he’s rumored to rejoin MSNBC, it’s unclear what’s in the cards for the liberal commentator. We imagine we’ll learn more of what the broadcaster has been up to lately — aside from his recent threat to boycott Twitter — during the show.

Olbermann will lead off the show, which begins at 10 p.m. Friday on HBO. Also scheduled to appear on Friday’s show are conservative journalist David Frum, reporter Jillian Melchior, and the aforementioned infamous sexter (and former New York congressman) Anthony Weiner.

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