Maher, who is vaccinated and asymptomatic, tested positive in the premium cable network’s weekly PCR tests before the show.
This is a blow to the late night show, which was to entertain the astrophysicist and StarTalk podcaster Neil deGrasse Tyson as a premium interview guest, and Second World War author Max Brooks and Hardcore story podcast host Dan Carlin as panelists.
“The recording of Friday May 14 from Real time with Bill Maher has been cancelled. Bill tested positive in weekly staff PCR testing for COVID. He is fully vaccinated and, therefore, is asymptomatic and feeling well. Real-time production has taken all precautions in following COVID CDC guidelines. No other staff or crew member has tested positive at this time. The show will be postponed to a later date, ”an HBO spokesperson told Deadline.
Real time with Bill Maher, which is in its 19th season on HBO, was the first major show to bring a small audience back live in September after a Covid hiatus and a number of episodes filmed in Maher’s backyard.
The show is produced by Maher, Sheila Griffiths, Marc Gurvitz, Dean Johnsen and Billy Martin.