His decision follows a similar one made by Drew Barrymore, who announced her talk show will no longer be taping again after Hollywood actors ganged up to shame her.
Maher announced his decision Monday in a post on X, citing the recent announcement that the Writers Guild of America will soon be heading back to the negotiating table with studios and streamers.
He became the target of vitriolic hate when he announced that he would be heading back to the show.
When Maher announced his return last week, he made it abundantly clear that he would not be breaking union rules.
“The writers have important issues that I sympathize with, and hope they are addressed to their satisfaction, but they are not the only people with issues, problems, or concerns,” he wrote, in a reference to the numerous crew members and other staffers who have been forced into long-term unemployment.