In 2010 it had its 9th season, During an interview, Maher told Terry Gross (on NPR's Fresh Air) that he much prefers having serious and well-informed guests on his program, as opposed to the random celebrities that fleshed out his roundtable discussions on Politically Incorrect.As with his previous show, Politically Incorrect, Maher begins Real Time with a comic opening monologue based upon current events and other topical issues.He is a supporter of animal rights, having served on the board of PETA since 1997, Maher began his career as a stand-up comedian and actor.He was host of the New York City comedy club Catch a Rising Star in 1979.Politically Incorrect won an array of awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Technical Direction, two Cable ACE awards for Best Talk Show Series, and a Genesis Award for Best Television Talk Show. In the same year, he expressed his deep regrets and apologized after being widely criticized for comparing his dogs to retarded children.Maher earned numerous award nominations for his producing, writing and hosting of Politically Incorrect, including ten Emmy nominations, two TV Guide nominations, and two Writers Guild nominations. The show was canceled on June 16, 2002, and the Sinclair Broadcast Group had dropped the show from its ABC-affiliated stations months prior.
Yiannopoulos accepted, despite protests from some commentators and fans.Bachus said he felt the comments were demeaning to the military and treasonous.Maher stated his highest regard and support for the troops and asked why the congressman criticized him instead of doing something about the recruitment problem.In the segment "New Rules" at the end of each show, Maher delivers a humorous editorial on popular culture and American politics. It has been nominated for more than ten Primetime Emmy Awards and six Writer's Guild awards.In 2007, Maher and his co-producers were awarded the Television Producer of the Year Award in Variety Television by the Producers Guild of America.