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Bill Maher Has Covid-19, Misses 'Real Time' for First Time

Bill Maher with Covid: "I feel perfectly fine."

Real Time host and Top CelebStoner Bill Maher had been diagnosed with Covid-19.

He missed a taping of Real Time for the first time since the show began on HBO in 2003. Real Time is curently in its 19th season. Prior to that Maher was featured on Politically Correct on ABC. He never missed a show there either.

Maher tweeted on May 13: 

"Thanks to all wishing me get well - hard to do since I feel perfectly fine, but I appreciate it!. Most upset about ending my streak going back to 1993 of never missing a Politically Incorrect or Real Time episode. Oh well, even Cal Ripken had to sit one out at some point."

Cal Ripken holds the Major League Baseball record for most consecutive games played (2,632).

The show tweeted that Maher had "tested positive during weekly staff PCR testing for Covid. He is fully vaccinated and as a result is asymptomatic and feels fine... No other staff or crew members have tested positive a this time." 

Maher wrestled with how to handle Covid in 2020, often questioning masking and social distancing. At times, he appeared to think the country was overreacting to the infectious spread. On Real Time last June, Maher called stay-at-home orders and forced closures a "reckless experiment." 


More Maher Links

Slams CBD Oil Company for Using His Name

• Smokes a Joint on 'Real Time'

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