Calls are surfacing for Bill Maher to be replaced by Jon Stewart on Real Time according to new viral tweets.
Maher has hosted HBO’s Real Time for over 19 years, with the show continuing to attract millions to it’s weekly variety format of lively debate and monologue pieces. Maher however, is in no doubt as to his ability to infuriate even his most loyal viewers. The host has faced backlash in recent years for supposedly changing his political image, with many claiming he now champions typical right-wing talking points.
Just last night, Maher aired a new addition of ‘New Rule’, a prominent segment in which the host speaks passionately on a pressing issue and often offering a solution. The host’s latest piece argued against a growing debate in Hollywood over actors playing roles which do not correlate with their nationality, sexuality or race, suggesting it takes away from inclusive representation in the industry.
Maher was furiously dumfounded by the premise last night, telling viewers: “This is regression. And it is frankly typical of so much wokeness that doesn’t build on liberalism. It undoes it.”
A number of users on Twitter are now actively calling for HBO to replace Maher will Jon Stewart.
One tweet suggested: “HBO are you listening? Replace Bill Maher with Jon Stewart! Viewership would increase 10,000 fold!”
Another agreed, “Stopped watching Bill Maher a while ago. Wish HBO would empty the bank and give that slot to someone real like Jon Stewart.”
Despite this, it seems the social platform was largely divided on the viral issue. A tweet in response to the trend, read: “Change the channel if u don’t like Bill. I like him, don’t always agree with him, but I appreciate the dialogue.”
It’s true, despite growing backlash Maher may receive, the host still brings in a consistent viewer base to his show with at least a good number finding common ground on a number of contemporary political issues.
The HBO host is contracted to air at least two more seasons of Real Time on the HBO network.