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Bill Maher: No One Is ‘Owed a Living as a Writer’

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Members of WGA walk with pickets on strike outside the Culver Studio, Tuesday May 2, 2023 in Culver City, California. (Ringo Chiu / Shutterstock)
Members of WGA walk with pickets on strike outside the Culver Studio, Tuesday May 2, 2023 in Culver City, California. (Ringo Chiu / Shutterstock)

Criticizes WGA's Demands Amid Ongoing Strike: Emphasizes Reality of Show Business

In a recent episode of the “ Random” alongside comedian , Bill Maher weighed in on the current writers' strike. He voiced his reservations about some of the demands the Writers Guild of America (WGA) put forth, which he deemed “kooky.”

Maher objected to the strike's underlying philosophy, noting a stark shift from the sentiments of the 2007 strike. He emphasized that the notion of being entitled to a livelihood as a has evolved, and he disagrees with this perspective.

Highlighting the competitive nature of , Maher emphasized, “This is show business, the make-or-break realm.”

During the podcast, Maher also raised concern for those outside the realm of writing in the industry who are feeling the adverse effects of the ongoing strikes by both the WGA and SAG-. This dual strike has effectively brought traditional Hollywood production to a halt.

While Maher holds deep affection for his fellow writers and acknowledges his role in the industry, he pointed out that numerous others suffer, often with significantly lower earnings. He lamented the current binary mindset that categorizes individuals strictly into pro-strike or anti-strike camps, stressing that the situation is far more intricate than this stark division suggests.

Bill Maher's HBO show, “Real Time,” has been on hiatus since April 28, coinciding with the commencement of the WGA strike in early May.

The chasm between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and (AMPTP) remains substantial, notably underscored by the most recent studio proposal presented on 11. WGA members widely criticized this proposal after its public disclosure.

Sources indicate no further negotiations have occurred between the two parties since that meeting. However, the WGA has affirmed its dedication to engaging in direct talks with the companies moving forward.

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