The Offspring of Journalist and Celebrity Ronan Farrow stopped by HBO's Real Time Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night to promote his new book, but it didn't take long for the professionally provocative host of the show to shake the Farrow family tree and see what it can do.
Discussion of Farrow's controversial new book, Catching and Killing: Lies, Spies, and Conspiracy to Protect Predators opened up a wider conversation about the #metoo movement and the role of Farrow's reporting in the movement. However, the guest was confused when Maher raised a tangential question that was critical in its context.
"Now," Maher asked, "what do you think your father would think about what you do now?" 
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The wording suggested that Farrow's father was somehow unavailable to weigh personally on the subject. When the cautious Farrow sought clarity, the smiling Maher added, "If he was alive."
This was when Maher's veiled meaning became clear to Farrow and many people in the audience who knew the story of the journalist.
Fast Background: Farrow is the son of actress Mia Farrow, who in 2013 admitted to having some doubt surrounding her son's paternal heritage. The film's director Woody Allen and Mia Farrow are a couple when Ronan was born in 1987, but more than two decades later, she's Vanity Fair that her ex-husband Frank Sinatra is likely to be a biological father.