Real Time with Bill Maher: How Much Does HBO Pay Bill Maher?

Real Time with Bill Maher: How Much Does HBO Pay Bill Maher?

After Bill Maher started his career as a comedian, he gained enough fame to get the opportunity to host the politically incorrect show “Politically Incorrect”. A surprisingly successful show, Politically Incorrect made Maher a major celebrity who could influence today’s political landscape.

Throughout Maher’s career, he has never shied away from being controversial, including recently calling out two huge movie stars. While people often suggest that Maher is about to be cancelled, something Maher said in 2002 actually led to his show Politically Incorrect being taken off the air.

When Politically Incorrect was ceremoniously cancelled, it could easily have meant the end of Maher’s tenure as a talk show host. Fortunately for the comedian, HBO took a chance on him when they launched “Real Time with Bill Maher” in 2003.

Now that Maher has been hosting his own show for almost two decades, it makes sense that he’s getting paid a decent amount of money for it. But even with that in mind, it’s amazing to know how much a comedian’s Real Time with Bill Maher salary is.

Real Time with Bill Maher: How Much Does HBO Pay Bill Maher?

In January 2023, Real Time with Bill Maher premiered its 21st season and new episodes will air weekly for most of the year. Considering that HBO is a hugely successful TV channel, it is impressive that Maher has been entrusted with a weekly time slot for around two decades.

Just as it’s impressive that HBO has employed Maher for so long, it’s also remarkable that he hasn’t sought greener pastures. After all, many celebrities jump from one job to another in order to maximise their income.

When you find out how much Maher gets paid for “Real Time with Bill Maher”, it makes a lot more sense that he never tried to switch to another show. According to Yahoo, Maher’s salary for “Real Time with Bill Maher” is $10 million a year. Since other talk show hosts get paid more, some people might have assumed that Maher would have a higher salary.

It should be remembered that although Stephen Colbert is higher paid than Maher, their jobs are substantially different. When “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is in production, new episodes are broadcast five days a week. By contrast, “Real Time with Bill Maher” is a weekly show. According to IMDb, a season of Real Time with Bill Maher usually consists of 35 episodes. With this in mind, and given the reports that Maher makes $10 million a year, this means that Bill receives more than $285 000 for each episode of the show.

Written by Emma Fisher

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