Bill Maher is joining the CNN lineup.
CNN will air portions of Bill Maher’s HBO show after the show on Friday nights.
Vanity Fair reported:
CNN is adding comedian Bill Maher to its Friday night lineup. Beginning this Friday at 11:30 PM ET, the network will begin airing segments of Overtime, the post-show segment of Maher’s weekly late-night HBO show, Real Time with Bill Maher, during CNN Tonight. HBO and CNN share a parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery. The news, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, comes after Puck reported on the controversy surrounding CNN earlier this month using Maher’s post-show segments, which previously only aired on YouTube.
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Maher’s addition follows reports that CNN CEO Chris Licht is considering a comedian to host one of his prime-time shows. CNN has been without a full-time anchor at 9pm since Chris Cuomo was fired in late 2021, and at 10pm since October, when Don Lemon moved to mornings; Alisyn Camerota replaced Lemon and Laura Coates hosted the show at 11 p.m. CNN executives apparently tossed out Maher, Trevor Noah and Jon Stewart as all possible “entertainment news” personalities to fill the void, according to Semaphore’s Max Tanio. “Executives have also discussed turning the 9-12 hours into a series of shows along the lines of a variety show,” Tani reported. Licht, who came to CNN after six years as executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, dismissed the idea that he simply wanted to fit the late-night comedian into CNN’s empty prime-time chair. “I worked on a comedy show. And it took more than 200 people to produce a real comedy show. So no, I wouldn’t be so stupid as to damage the brand of comedy and news in one fell swoop by trying to do a comedy show on CNN,” Licht told Stephen Battaglia of the LA Times in an interview published Monday. Instead, Licht said, he talks “with culturally relevant individuals from the worlds of entertainment, sports and comedy who can bring fresh and unique perspectives to the news” and “help broaden the appeal of our prime time.”
Prominent leftists attacked Bill Maher.
He was even accused of “supporting right-wing culture war talking points” even though he was a liberal.
So Bill Maher’s leftovers will move on @cnn Friday night. As a seasoned guest on that show – not that this is going to top CNN’s 92k demo average – what about profanity? pic.twitter.com/P4vDIWVVdt
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 30, 2023
To be clear: I’m not saying that no one is ever ‘cancelled’ or that there is no censorship; I’m saying that the right-wing, reactionary white people who shout about it the loudest almost always seem to do well.
– Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) January 30, 2023
Bill Maher is actually perfect for CNN to be honest. False equivalencies, supporting right-wing culture war talk, fighting for the status quo and that smug face. Tapper might get jealous because he might be outdone.
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) January 30, 2023
Project “1619” founder Nikole Hannah-Jones also attacked Maher.
Fox News reported:
Project “1619” founder and critical race theory (CRT) advocate Nikola Hannah-Jones addressed Maher directly on Twitter. “Bill, you clearly have never read the #1619Project,” Wells wrote, challenging a statement Maher made in a recent conversation with actor Bryan Cranston on his podcast.
“[I]If you think more of what the 1619 book says, which is that it’s just the essence of America and that we’re incorrigible, that’s just wrong,” Maher said, rejecting the teaching of CRT in school.
Anyone who even questions the narratives of the left is attacked – even liberals!
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