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Keith Olbermann slams Bill Maher for taking over HBO’s ‘Real Time’ without writers

Keith Olbermann criticized Bill Maher for taking over HBO In Real Time with Bill Maher amid ongoing strikes at Hollywood WGA and SAG-AFTRA.

The 64-year-old political commentator took to X (formerly Twitter) to ask Maher to “fuck off” about his decision.

“Without writers, the new SCAB weekly edition of In Real Time with Bill Maher will last 83 seconds,” Olbermann wrote. “As someone who has known you since 1978: Fuck you, Bill, you selfish, unfunny bastard.”

In a lengthy statement earlier this week, Maher announced that it would resume production of Real time without writers.

“Real time is coming back unfortunately, without writers and writing,” announced Maher, 67.

“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 with issues, issues, and concerns.

In response to Maher’s decision, WGA released its own statement, calling the comedian and writer’s decision “disappointing.”

“Bill Maher’s decision to return to the air while his guild is on strike is disappointing,” the WGA statement said.

“If he continues with his plan, he must honor more than just the ‘spirit of the strike.’

“Bill Maher is obligated as a WGA member to follow strike rules and not provide any writing services. It is difficult to imagine how In Real Time with Bill Maher can move forward without a violation of WGA strike rules occurring. WGA will be picketing for this show.

Maher insisted that the show without writers will be absolutely different from before.

“I will honor the spirit of the strike by not doing a monologue, office article, New Rules or editorial, the written articles of which I am so proud on Real time,” he said.

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Earlier this month, Maher criticized the writers’ strike, calling the WGA’s demands “far-fetched.”

“They’re asking a lot of things that are crazy,” Maher said on the latest episode of his show. Random club podcast.

“What I find objectionable about the philosophy of the strike is that it seems to be: They’ve really moved on from the 2007 strike, where they sort of thought you have to make a living as a worker. writer, and you are not. It’s show business. It’s the league of success or failure,” he said.

The news of Real time comes days after Drew Barrymore announced she would begin production on the fourth season of her talk show in accordance with WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

In the latest update, Barrymore’s co-writer Cristina Kinon joined those criticizing the star for taking over her eponymous talk show without writers.


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