Scab Alert: Bill Maher Will Resume Show Despite Writers’ Strike

First Drew Barrymore. And now Bill Maher. These Hollywood celebrities are showing their true colors by refusing to stand in solidarity with the writers on strike.

The New York Times reports:

“Bill Maher said his weekly HBO show would return to the air despite entertainment writers, including members of his own staff, still being on strike.

‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ is the latest talk show to announce a return in recent days, even as the writers’ union has vowed to picket any ‘struck shows.’

Drew Barrymore announced this week that she would begin taping new episodes of her talk show. ‘The Jennifer Hudson Show’ and ‘The Talk’ will also return. Other talk shows, including ‘The View’ and ‘Live With Kelly and Mark,’ have been taping throughout the strike.

Mr. Maher said on his social media feeds on Wednesday night that it was ‘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. ‘Despite some assistance from me, much of the staff is struggling mightily.’

He also said he had been hopeful there would be some sort of resolution to the labor dispute by Labor Day, but ‘that day has come and gone, and there still seems to be nothing happening.’

The writers have been on strike for 136 days, one of the longest screenwriter strikes ever (the longest was 153 days in 1988). Tens of thousands of actors have been on strike for two months as well, the first time writers and actors have walked out at the same time since 1960. The result has been a near-complete shutdown of Hollywood scripted production.”

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