Appearing on Chris Cuomo’s primetime NewsNation show, Bill Maher spoke on his popularity within the late night category.
Whilst on the topic of this year’s Emmy nominations for the late night award, the HBO host had some harsh words for his colleagues in the category.
Cuomo asked Maher: “Looking at just a sheer metric of ratings, okay? You crush John Oliver regularly. Trevor Noah’s, you crush his numbers. You do not get nominated the way they do for Emmys. Why do you think you don’t get the shine that they do?”
Bill Maher’s hit HBO show has failed throughout the years to gain recognition at the Emmy Awards, despite being nominated a total of 21 times.
“I tell the truth,” Maher answered. “I don’t perform for just one half of the country and say the things that will make them applaud, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Despite Real Time falling short at the Emmy’s, Bill Maher did receive an award as executive producer for Vice back in 2014.
Bill Maher: They do “fine shows”
The HBO host continued, “They’re very talented people you’re talking about, and do fine shows.”
John Oliver continues to lead the category as the obvious favourite at the Emmy’s. The British commentator has amassed a huge global viewership with his investigative style show, Last Week Tonight.
Whilst Maher certainly highlighted the gifts of television’s other late night hosts, the Real Time host has hardly shied away from making the odd critical comment.
Back in 2019, the host entered a fiery feud with CBS’s James Corden over the issue of obesity in America. Corden blasted Maher in a sly comment during a taping, suggesting Maher had been overcome with “superiority”.
In response, The Real Time host spoke on Corden’s comments during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience.
“He missed a great opportunity to literally save lives. If he had taken the opposite approach. He took the easy way out,” Maher suggested.