his thinking. “Despite some assistance from me, much of the staff is struggling mightily,” he wrote. “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.” While saying the show “will not be as good as our normal show,” Maher added that “the heart of the show is an off-the-cuff panel discussion.” “The show will not disappoint,” he said.
Bill Maher’s decision to go back on the air while his Guild is on strike is disappointing. If he goes forward with his plan, he needs to honor more than “the spirit of the strike.” #WGAstrike 1/3— Writers Guild of America West (@WGAWest) September 14, 2023
The Times noted that the strike, having topped 136 days, is closing in on the longest screenwriters’ strike on record of 153 days in 1988. Coupled with a two-month strike by actors, much of Hollywood has been in disarray. As noted by NBC News, movies such as “Gladiator 2” and “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part Two” are paused indefinitely, while TV shows such as “Stranger Things” and “Yellowstone” are also impacted. [firefly_poll] Companies are also feeling the pinch, with Warner Bros. Discovery estimating in a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the strikes will cost it up to $500 million. Contract talks on the writers’ strike will resume next week, according to USA Today. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said an agreement to return to the table was reached Wednesday. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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…— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 14, 2023