Bill Maher reverses decision to restart program | ET REALITY


Bill Maher said Monday that he would delay the return of his show, just days after saying it would resume despite the ongoing writers’ strike against Hollywood studios.

Maher said he reversed his decision to restart his weekly HBO show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” because contract negotiations between Hollywood studios and striking writers would resume this week.

Maher said in a post on Platform Her change of heart followed similar changes by talk show hosts such as Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Hudson over the weekend.

Barrymore said Sunday that she was pausing the reboot of her talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show,” after facing a barrage of criticism, including her resignation as host of the National Book Awards.

Ms Barrymore had previously announced that the show would return, despite the strike, and had doubled down on her decision to bring it back after initial criticism. But in an Instagram post over the weekend, Ella Barrymore said she apologized to “anyone she had hurt” and that the show’s premiere would be put on hold until the strike ended.

After Barrymore’s announcement, shows like “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” produced by Warner Bros., and “The Talk,” which airs on CBS, also reversed their decisions to air new episodes.

Maher, in previously announcing his decision to restart the program, said, “I’m not prepared to waste an entire year and see so many low-income people suffer so much.” The Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike against Hollywood studios since May, had said it planned to protest Maher’s show.

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