Undeterred by the Hollywood writers’ strike, comic Invoice Maher introduced Wednesday that his HBO present “Actual Time” will return with out its writers.

Maher’s announcement comes days after he known as the strike calls for “kooky.” His determination follows the same one from actor and tv host Drew Barrymore, who on Monday introduced that her discuss present would additionally return with out its Writers Guild of America writers. Since Barrymore’s announcement, she’s confronted backlash and has been dropped because the host of the Nationwide Guide Awards Ceremony.

“Actual Time is coming again, sadly, sans writers or writing. It has been 5 months, and it’s time to convey individuals again to work,” Maher stated Wednesday on X, previously often called Twitter.

The WGA strike began in Might and was swiftly joined by putting actors within the union often called SAG-AFTRA, which started their strike in July. Writers have requested the Alliance of Movement Photos and Tv Producers, which is made up of studios and executives, to supply them with higher pay and residuals, greater writers’ rooms and protections in opposition to synthetic intelligence.

“The writers have essential points that I sympathize with, and hope they’re addressed to their satisfaction, however they don’t seem to be the one individuals with points, issues, and considerations,” Maher continued on X. “Regardless of some help from me, a lot of the employees is struggling mightily. All of us have been hopeful this might come to an finish after Labor Day, however that day has come and gone, and there nonetheless appears to be nothing taking place. I like my writers, I’m considered one of them, however I’m not ready to lose a complete yr and see so many below-the-line individuals endure a lot. “

Maher says that he’ll “honor the spirit of the strike” by not displaying any written items.

“And I’ll say it upfront to the viewers: the present I will likely be doing with out my writers won’t be nearly as good as our regular present, full cease. However the coronary heart of the present is a casual panel dialogue that goals to chop by way of the bullshit and predictable partisanship, and that can proceed. The present won’t disappoint,” he added.

Earlier this month, Maher criticized the WGA strike on his “Membership Random” podcast.

“They’re asking for lots of issues which are, like, kooky,” Maher instructed slapstick comedian Jim Gaffigan on the podcast. “What I discover objectionable concerning the philosophy of the strike [is] it appears to be, they’ve actually morphed a great distance from 2007’s strike, the place they form of imagine that you just’re owed a dwelling as a author, and also you’re not. That is present enterprise. That is the make-or-miss league.”