Bill Maher has earned more time at HBO.
The network has ordered two additional seasons of Real Time With Bill Maher, extending the weekly talk show through 2020, which would be the 18th season. In addition, more Maher content is coming to HBO in the form of a show retrospective and stand-up special.
“We are incredibly proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Bill Maher,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said Wednesday 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.”
Maher added, “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.”
The two-season renewal comes three months after Maher drew criticism for using the N-word during a June episode. HBO immediately denounced the “completely inexcusable and tasteless” action. The host soon apologized, saying, “The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.” Maher didn’t miss any shows, but the controversy led to Senator Al Franken canceling his appearance, only to eventually join the program two months later.