Bill Maher’s Real Time was back on HBO Friday night, returning from its winter break as the host told his studio audience that it was “wonderful to see your beautiful masks again.”That was the theme for most of the show, as Maher and guests looked back on things that happened in the long stretch between his last show in November and today.

He exited at a time when omicron wasn’t really around, unlike now, when the variant is causing all sorts of chaos.Thus, where things stand now with the pandemic was the key focus of Friday’s panel discussion with author/journalist Bari Weiss and New York Congressman Ritchie Torres.Maher noted that there’s “A reset going on in the world.

We have to live with (the coronavirus). It’s not going away.”Torees agreed. “I think we’re gradually transitioning to normal,” while Weiss echoed, “I’m done with Covid.” But she also noted that “We haven’t gotten back to normal.