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O’Reilly said on his show that “the more they do this to O’Donnell, the stronger she’s going to get.”

Maher said he wouldn’t reveal what O’Donnell talked about in other “Politically Incorrect” appearances, but he said he didn’t believe her 1999 comments about witchcraft were particularly damaging.

“If I really thought I was hurting her, I wouldn’t do it,” he said. “I don’t think she should be in Congress, but I don’t think there is anything on the tapes that is going to hurt her.”

It’s not clear who actually owns the tapes to his old programs, but Maher said he had them. He doubts others have access to them; they would have had to record the shows, keep those tapes for years and transfer them for use digitally.

“I’m pretty much the keeper of the flame,” he said. “It’s lucky I’m a hoarder.”