Bill Maher says atheism stands in way of an Emmy

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By Randee Dawn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Bill Maher might be 0-for-26 at the Emmys, but he continues to dish it out with his ninth season of HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher."

The foul-mouthed funnyman and political commentator, who receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to the new W Hotel on Tuesday, recently discussed evolution, atheism and trees.

WHAT'S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF "REAL TIME"?

Bill Maher: Every week you have a whole new set of stories to make comedic fodder out of and analyze. The charm of shows like "Politically Incorrect" is they're, "Throw something on the wall and see what sticks." When you do a weekly show, you want to get it as right as you can, so I slave over it.

WHY CAN'T YOU CATCH A BREAK AT THE EMMYS?

Maher: A panel of, like, 10 people watches one tape. If half of those people are religious, that probably eliminates me right there. A lot of people wouldn't vote for such an outspoken atheist, someone who made "Religulous."

"RELIGULOUS" DID QUITE WELL AT THE BOX OFFICE; ANY PLANS TO

MAKE ANOTHER DOCUMENTARY?   Continued...

 
<p>Stand-up comedian and writer Bill Maher speaks during the "Religulous" news conference at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival September 7, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Cassese</p>