Bill Maher Goes The Scab Route, Gets Crucified For Bringing His Show Back Amidst The Writers’ Strike

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Bill Maher has chosen to follow Drew Barrymore down the path of being a scab.

In a Wednesday night tweet, the blowhard 67-year-old former comedian and current political commentator detailed the decision to bring his show back on the air despite not having any writers.

Real Time is coming back, unfortunately, sans writers or writing. It has been five months, and it is time to bring people back to work. The writers have important issues that I sympathize with, and hope they are addressed to their satisfaction, but they are not the only people with issues, problems, and concerns,” Maher’s statement begins.

“Despite some assistance from me, much of the staff is struggling mightily. We all were hopeful this would come to an end after Labor Day, but that day has come and gone, and there still seems to be nothing happening. I love my writers, I am one of them, but I’m not prepared to lose an entire year and see so many below-the-line people suffer so much. I will honor the spirit of the strike by not doing a monologue, desk piece, New Rules or editorial, the written pieces that I am so proud of on Real Time,” he continued.

Maher did, at least, have the decency and self-awareness to address the fact that a show without writers is a significantly inferior product.

“And I’ll say it upfront to the audience: the show I will be doing without my writers will not be as good as our normal show, full stop. But the heart of the show is an off-the-cuff panel discussion that aims to cut through the bullshit and predictable partisanship, and that will continue. The show will not disappoint,” he concluded.

Naturally, given Maher’s willingness to cross the picket line for his own benefit, a majority of the pop culture world has been torching his decision.

In addition to his HBO show, the nearly 70-year-old Maher hosts a podcast called, and we’re being dead serious here, “Club Random”, which is recorded from what looks like a teenager’s basement and features Maher yelling at people like Bella Thorne about his political opinions while he blows a J in their face.

Just look, for example, at the opening 10 seconds of his interview with the former Disney Channel star and how uncomfortable he makes her. This is what happens when Maher doesn’t have writers around.

Before raging against wokeism or whatever the hell they call it on Real Time with Bill Maher, which has been on HBO’s airwaves for 20 years now, Maher previously hosted the Comedy Central late-night series Politically Incorrect (he’s got a real knack for show titles, huh?)

After working as an actor in the late 80s and early 90s, Maher has since made cameo appearances as himself in films such as EDtv, John Q., Swing Vote, Iron Man 3, The Interview, Ted 2, and more.

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