Bill Maher slams Fox News' 'scary' influence on President Trump

Bill Maher took aim at the power that Fox News appears to hold over President Donald Trump on Friday’s broadcast of “Real Time.”

“It’s scary how much Trump takes his cues from Fox News,” said Maher.

“(Russian President Vladimir) Putin has state TV but Putin’s not an idiot, so state TV does what Putin wants,” the comedian added. “I think it’s the other way in this country. I think we’re being... America’s being run by Steve Doocy.”

Maher has previously called Trump’s relationship with the conservative network a “very bad axis of evil.” Fellow late-night host Seth Meyers, meanwhile, once described Fox News as “the closest thing we have to state TV.”

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Bill Maher attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Television personality Bill Maher attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/VF17/Getty Images for VF)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Wednesday, January 18 included Bill Maher ('Real Time with Bill Maher'), Wendi McLendon-Covey ('The Goldbergs') and musical guest AFI. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) BILL MAHER, JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Bill Maher seen at Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Master of ceremonies Bill Maher speaks onstage during the 6th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organizationat Montage Hotel on January 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization )
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0566 -- Pictured: Comedian Bill Maher during an interview on November 7, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Bill Maher Performs During New York Comedy Festival at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 28: (L-R) Actor Sean Penn presents the First Amendment Award to Bill Maher onstage during PEN Center USA's 26th Annual Literary Awards Festival honoring Isabel Allende at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on September 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Larry David, Eugene Levy, Martin Short and Bill Maher attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF16/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0418 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Bill Maher, host Jimmy Fallon, and actor Zach Galifianakis play True Confessions on February 16, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Tuesday, February 9 included comedian Bill Maher ('Real Time with Bill Maher'), Alicia Vikander ('The Danish Girl') and musical guest Nothing But Thieves. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC Getty Images) BILL MAHER
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Bill Maher is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on February 09, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: TV personality Bill Maher speaks onstage at PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)
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