Bill Maher Delays Returning To ‘Real Time’ Until Writers Strike Is Over


Bill Maher has reversed his decision to resume filming his HBO talk show, “Real Time,” during the ongoing writers strike.

Although members of both the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild are currently striking for better conditions and more equitable pay, Maher said last week that his show would be returning to TV — without the presence of writers. Maher said on Monday that he is ready to postpone the return of his show because both sides have agreed to go back to the negotiating table. Now that both sides are agreeing to re-enter the negotiating room, I will delay the return of Real Time for the time being and hope that they can get this resolved. Now that both sides have agreed to go back to the negotiating table I’m going to delay the return of Real Time, for now, and hope they can finally get this…

— Bill Maher (@billmaher) Although the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have agreed to schedule a new meeting, it’s possible that wasn’t the only factor in Maher’s decision to delay a return to the air.

After Drew Barrymore reversed her decision to return to her own show on Sunday, “The Talk” and “The Jennifer Hudson Show” also said their shows would remain on hold until the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are resolved.Earlier this month, Maher criticized WGA members for “kind of

that you’re owed a living as a writer, and you’re not. This is showbiz. This is the make-or-miss league.”

— David Simon (@AoDespair)

“I pretend to not be in it for the likes, but me no want what happened to beloved Drew to happen to me. It would be so worse.”

— sierra ornelas (@sierraornelas) [believing]