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Bill Maher announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated.
According to Deadline, Maher will cancel his taping of this week’s Real Time with Bill Maher, scheduled to record on Friday. As tweeted by Maher, this will be his first missed show since 1993.
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.— Bill Maher (@billmaher) May 14, 2021
The political satirist hosts the hour-long program, which airs on HBO every Saturday.
Known for his staunch liberal standings sprinkled with the occasional conservative or libertarian talking point, Maher has angered the left over the past year for criticizing China during the pandemic and for being occasionally skeptical of Dr. Fauci.
News of the positive test comes as a surprise to many who believe the vaccine is a cure and the only key to reopening America. According to a CDC report in mid-April, fewer than 6,000 Americans who were fully vaccinated caught COVID. The figure represents “0.007% of the 84 million Americans with full protection against the virus.” Maher would probably be the first to assure both fans and critics that there is no need to panic, based on all we’ve learned about the illness in the past 15 months.
Even at age 65, Maher is asymptomatic. The announcement released Thursday indicated he has made a full recovery.
Bill Maher has occasionally been too polarizing, even for those who share many of his political views. He has resisted COVID outrage, prompting the liberal media to attack Maher and portray him to be a type of neo-conservative that he clearly is not.
However, if liberals would like to demand a trade for Maher, Liz Cheney and a Toblerone are on the table. Take it or leave it.