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Bill Maher Delays ‘Real Time’ Return as WGA Strike Talks Resume – The Hollywood Reporter



Invoice Maher won’t return to his HBO present Actual Time this week.

The comic says he’ll maintain off on resuming manufacturing on his weekly late-night present “for now” after information late final week that the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers are working to set a time for a new spherical of contract negotiations.

“My decision to return to work was made when it seemed nothing was happening and there was no end in sight to this strike,” Maher wrote on X (previously Twitter). “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 done.”

Maher stated on Sept. 13 that he would convey his long-running HBO present again with out writers, citing members of the present’s workers who’re “struggling mightily” because the writers strike has gone on for greater than 5 months. “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 — a member of the WGA — stated in saying his determination.

Actual Time wouldn’t function a gap monologue, desk piece, “New Rules” phase or every other pre-written materials, Maher stated. The choice to return drew criticism from the WGA, which known as Maher’s transfer “disappointing” in a press release and added, “As a WGA member, Bill Maher is obligated to follow the strike rules and not perform any writing services. It is difficult to imagine how Real Time can go forward without a violation of WGA strike rules taking place.”

Maher’s reversal follows that of a number of daytime discuss reveals — CBS’ The Speak and syndicated reveals hosted by Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Hudson — that make use of WGA writers to delay their premieres. Like Maher, the daytime talkers confronted pointed criticism about their preliminary selections to renew manufacturing, all of which have been walked again over the weekend.

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