‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ renewed at HBO despite controversies




HBO is still in the Bill Maher business, even if viewers are getting tired of the show host.


“Real Time” was renewed for two more seasons, scheduled for 2019 and 2020, HBO announced Wednesday.


“We are incredibly proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Bill Maher,” Casey Bloys, HBO president of programming, said in a statement.


“As part of the HBO family for nearly 30 years, Bill’s distinctive point of view, coupled with his passion and commitment to insightful and informative entertainment, has remained unparalleled.”


The renewal comes almost exactly three months after Maher came under fire for referring to himself as the N-word in a conversation with Republican Senator Ben Sasse.


“Senator, I’m a house n—-r,” Maher said after Sasse suggested he visit the Cornhusker state and work in the fields.


The following day, Maher issued an official apology.


“Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment,” he said in a statement to the Daily News.


“The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”


HBO also told The News that the network would be “removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.”


The show went on, though, and Maher returned to the air that Friday.


The “Real Time” host has previously come under fire for his Islamophobia.


He also caught heat in February for a softball interview with alt-right former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopolous and, most recently, in July for a racist joke about North Korean manicurists.


“I’m extraordinarily grateful to HBO for one of the great relationships of my life, and I applaud their efforts to fight ageism by signing me to this extended deal,” he said in a statement Thursday.

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