After testing positive for COVID-19
, the host of Bill Maher
's weekly HBO
show was forced to cancel a taping.
According to a statement released Thursday by HBO, Maher is “asymptomatic and feels fine,” and “no other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time.”
HBO announced that the taping of Friday's episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," featuring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and podcast host Dan Carlin, will be rescheduled.
According to the channel, Maher was tested as part of the Los Angeles
production's weekly protocol for staff, and "every precaution" is taken in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
guidelines for the coronavirus
After taping episodes at his home during the early months of the pandemic
, the comedian
and political gadfly returned to in-studio shows with a limited audience late last summer.
After last year's pandemic-forced shutdown, TV and filmmaking gradually resumed, but other production holds have occurred due to a cast or crew member's positive virus test, despite strict safety rules.