Donald Trump says Bill Maher has gone too far with his joke that the business mogul was the "spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan." "The Celebrity Apprentice" host says he's taking it to court to defend his parents' honor, not just after money.
"What he said about my father is disgraceful ... and what he said about my mother, who's deceased, was in a certain way, even more disgraceful," the wealthy real estate magnate tells TMZ. "I've never heard anything like that said about my parents ... who were truly great people."
Maher made the joke on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" as a mockery of Trump's pre-election offer to give $5 million to the charity of Barack Obama's choice if Mr. President released his college records. The funnyman said he would do the same for Trump if the businessman gave proof that he's not descended from an ape.
Trump wasted no time to provide a copy of his birth certificate "demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan." He said, "I don't think he was joking. He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn't a joke. In fact, he was nervous when he said it; it was a pathetic delivery."