Despite the writers’ strike, Bill Maher will continue to host the HBO show “Real Time”
Bill Maher ‘s choice comes after he referred to the WGA strike demands as “kooky“. It also happens after Drew Barrymore said her program would air despite the strike.
The comedian Bill Maher said on Wednesday that he would not be discourage by the Hollywood writers’ strike and that “Real Time” on HBO will resume without its writers.
Days before making his declaration, Maher referred to the striking demands as “kooky”. Drew Barrymore, an actor and television personality, made a comparable choice before announcing on Monday. That her talk show will also resume without the writers from the Writers Guild of America. Since making her declaration, Barrymore has received criticism and lost her position as host of the National Book Awards Ceremony.
“Unfortunately, Real Time is returning without authors or writing. It’s time to get folks back to work; it’s been five months”, Maher remarked on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday.
The SAG-AFTRA actors’ union, which went on strike in July, quickly joined the WGA walkout, which had started in May. The Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, which is compose of executives and studios. It has petitioned by authors to provide them higher income and residuals, larger writing spaces, and protections from artificial intelligence.
Maher continued on X, “The writers have significant issues that I understand and hope are resolved to their satisfaction. But they are not the only individuals with difficulties, problems, and worries. “Despite some help from me, a large portion of the workforce is battling valiantly. All of us had hoped that this would cease after Labor Day, but while that day has passed, nothing appears to have changed. I love my writers—I am one of them—but I can’t bear to miss a whole year and witness the suffering of so many others who work below the line.
Maher claims that by excluding any written works from his performance, he will “honor the spirit of the strike.”
“And I’ll be honest with you up front: the performance I do without my writers won’t be as fantastic as our typical show, period. The show’s core, though, is an impromptu panel discussion that seeks to cut through the politics and crap, and that will continue. The performance won’t let you down, he added.
On his “Club Random” podcast earlier this month, Maher blasted the WGA strike.
On the podcast, Maher said to stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, “They’re asking for a lot of things that are, like, kooky.” “What I find problematic about the strike’s mentality is that it seems to have changed significantly from the strike of 2007, when they seemed to think that writers should be paid a livable wage even though they are not. This is a performance. This league is a make-or-miss endeavor.