by Bobby Fleet, The Chicago Times

May 13, 2021

LOS ANGELES – Bill Maher host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher tests positive for COVID-19 after a routine test.  The taping of this week’s show has been cancelled. 

In a brief statement from HBO producers, Maher is currently asymptomatic, and no staff or crew have tested positive.

This Friday’s show was to have guests Neil deGrasse and Dan Carlin.  Both will be rescheduled to appear at a later date.

Despite best efforts to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Maher tested positive after a routine weekly test that is conducted on staff involved in production.

Like many productions in Hollywood, Maher’s show returned to limited in-studio production with limited audiences late last summer. Yet, like other productions, there have been delays due to COVID-19 positivity among staff, cast, and crew.  HBO sources declined comment as to whether Maher went on a tirade similar to Tom Cruise’s December outburst in Italy on the set of Impossible Mission 7.