Real time Host Bill Maher is defying the writers’ strike by bringing his long-running show back to HBO on September 22.
Although it does not violate any Writers Guild of America (WGA) rules, it remains a stick in the eye of the strikers. The fewer new products the studios have available, the stronger the WGA’s negotiating position.
Maher sought to justify this decision via
“Real time unfortunately returns, without writers and writing”, Maher explain. (For those of you who attended public school, “without” means “without”).
“It’s been five months and it’s time to get people back to work.”
“The writers have significant issues that I sympathize with and hope will be resolved to their satisfaction,” Maher added, “but they are not the only ones with problems, problems and concerns. Despite my help, a large part of the staff is in great difficulty.
The left-wing comedian went on to say, “We were all hoping this would end after Labor Day, but that day has passed and it seems like nothing is happening.”
“I love my writers, I’m one of them, but I’m not prepared to waste an entire year and see so many below average people suffer so much.”
Maher promised not to write any articles on Real time. There will be no monologues, no new rules, no segments requiring a script or any writing. The “heart of the show,” he said, “is a spontaneous roundtable discussion that aims to put an end to the bullshit and predictable partisanship, and it will continue.” The show will not disappoint you.
Real time returns unfortunately, without writers or writing. It’s been five months and it’s time to get people back to work. The writers have significant issues that I sympathize with and hope are resolved to their satisfaction, but they are not the only ones…
– Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 14, 2023
Maher isn’t the only talk show host who’s tired of sitting around. Drew Barrymore announced this week that her daytime show will return, without writers, on September 18. She was hit by a fierce online backlash and her studio was picketed by the WGA. Fortunately for her, what happens online and in front of television studios has nothing to do with the real world.
The WGA has already promised to picket Maher. Oh, and Keith Olbermann, a short man desperate for the attention that yelling about stuff gives him, was standing on his Twitter feed and calls out, “Fuck you, Bill, you selfish, unfunny bastard.” He also called Maher a “SCAB.”
People who hate me are at war with people who hate me.
How can we do better than that?
Let me tell you…
This is not the case.
In an effort to protect children from permanent sterilization and mutilation, I hope this strike lasts forever.
John Nolte’s bestselling debut novel Borrowed time (Bombardier Books – September 26) is available for pre-order, including Kindle and Audible.