The taping for the upcoming episode of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” has been cancelled as the host Bill Maher has tested positive for Coronavirus. The announcement was made by the show via the official Twitter handle.
The tweet also stated that Maher is asymptomatic and feels fine. It said, “The Friday, May 14th taping of Real Time with Bill Maher has been cancelled. Bill tested positive during the weekly staff PCR testing for COVID. He is fully vaccinated and as a result is asymptomatic and feels fine.”
It further stated, “Real Time production has taken every precaution following COVID CDC guidelines. No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time. The show will be rescheduled at a later date.”
After the news came out, many fans took to social media to wish Bill Maher early recovery and good health. In return, Bill Maher also shared the news via his personal Twitter account and showed gratitude to his fans for their well wishes. He also showed his disappointment on having to cancel the episode.
Maher tweeted, “Thanks to all wishing me get well – hard to do since I feel perfectly fine, but I appreciate it.” He further stated, “Most upset about ending my streak going back to 1993 of never missing a Politically Incorrect or Real Time episode, Oh well, even Cal Ripken had to sit one out at some point.”
The episode that got cancelled were to see astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and podcast host Dan Carlin as guests. Nonetheless, the episode will be rescheduled.
The HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” is currently in its 19th season, and brought back a small live audience in September after doing episodes from his house due to lockdown. The comedian, TV Host and political commentator has been known for his political satire and sociopolitical commentary. Recently, Maher also addressed and commented on the coronavirus pandemic. He has slammed blue states foe keeping schools closed, and also called out the media for creating panic around COVID-19 calling it media’s “panic porn”.