Bill Maher, the comic and political commentator, introduced he’ll proceed his present, ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ on HBO regardless of the continued strikes in Hollywood.
Maher wrote in a submit on X, the social media platform that changed Twitter, that he’ll resume his present with out his 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,” he wrote.
The comic mentioned he hoped the strikes would finish by Labor Day however famous 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,” he wrote.
“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.’”
Maher mentioned he’ll inform the viewers upfront the present with out his writers is not going to be “as good” as the traditional present.
“But the heart of the show is an off-the-cuff panel discussion that aims to cut through the bull**** and predictable partisanship, and that will continue. The show will not disappoint,” he continued.
The strike by members of the 11,000-member Writers Guild of America (WGA) began in May after failed contract negotiations with the studio chiefs of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
The strike is the longest strike in WGA historical past and has halted TV and movie productions in Hollywood for greater than 100 days.
SAG-AFTRA, the biggest union for Hollywood actors, joined the strike two months later in July after failing to achieve an settlement with movie studios. The first twin strike since 1960.
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Both unions are demanding higher wages and dealing circumstances in addition to greater residual charges associated to streaming.
Many late-night exhibits together with NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ stay out of manufacturing consequently.
A bunch of late-night TV hosts introduced final month they’d come collectively on a brand new podcast that seeks to financially enhance staffers impacted by the author’s strike.