During Kelly's appearance on "Real Time With Bill Maher" published Friday, the former Fox News host and the HBO comedian agreed it's time cancel culture was, well, canceled.
"I tell you, when that happened to you, I was angry for you, honestly," Maher said, referencing Kelly's 2018 firing from NBC following her on-air comments about blackface and Halloween costumes. "This cancel culture, it's so funny. … Even liberals hate this (expletive). This is one reason why Trump got elected, because people hate political correctness so much."
Maher added that cancel culture continues because "everybody's so afraid" to stand up to it.
"It's like, why can't you just say, 'OK, I was a little inartful about how I expressed that. My bad. I'm sorry,' " he said. "Instead of, 'No, you have to go away for all time.' Well who are these perfect people who have never made any mistake?"
Kelly agreed, noting the country is "going through something right now."
"Marginalized groups are rising up and trying to find positions at the table, equal positions," she said. "And that is a good thing. The difference is in approach. How do we do it?"
She continued: "The question is, do we do it with grace and humanity and understanding that people make mistakes and that we're all imperfect and that we're gonna screw up maybe more than once, and kindness and understanding that we're all only here for a limited time and we can't expect a perfect score of any person?"
According to Maher, the irony of cancel culture is "that the people who hate bullying are always bullying."
"All they care about is getting a scalp on the wall," he continued. "They don't care if you're really a racist, which you're not. They don't care about a million things. That's what they care about, and they always want to find the worst version of what any person is."
Toward the end of the discussion, Kelly called on younger generations to educate older generations without dismissing them entirely.
"One of the great things about this country is the younger generations have typically helped the older generations understand new ways of looking at things," she said. "That's how we've evolved. … They never just canceled the generation that came before them, because they didn't immediately agree, or start talking about the issues in the way they wanted."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Megyn Kelly, Bill Maher agree: Cancel culture should be canceled