03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

REM's Stipe Calls Huckabee "Charming"

It's the end of the world as we know it, just like the R.E.M. song goes. The band's singer, Michael Stipe, says he finds philosophical foe Mike Huckabee "charming" and "funny."

Apart from their southern roots and musical acumen, the liberal rock star has nothing in common with the conservative would-be world leader. But Stipe recently called the Sirius Satellite Radio show Jane Radio to admit that he may be losing his religion.

"I can't think of probably a single issue in which I am even remotely in the same universe as that guy ... and yet, he was kind of charming and ... self-deprecating," Stipe told Jane Radio host Jane Pratt, a day after watching Huckabee's Thursday appearance on CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

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