On Friday night's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the comedian addressed the ongoing debate around nepotism in Hollywood and other industries. Maher declared that one industry has managed to avoid this issue: sports.
"Enjoy the good life, nepos," Maher said during his show. "But don't look for a job in professional sports." He went on to explain that unlike many other fields, sports teams are not typically owned by wealthy families who pass them down from generation to generation.
Maher's comments come after numerous celebrities, including Jamie Lee Curtis and Gwyneth Paltrow, have spoken out about their own experiences with nepotism in Hollywood. Some have argued that it creates an unfair advantage for those born into famous families or with connections in the industry.
However, Maher believes that when it comes to sports, talent is still the most important factor in determining success. "You can't fake being able to hit a fastball or make a three-pointer," he said.
Of course, there are some exceptions to this rule - such as when athletes' children follow in their parents' footsteps and become professionals themselves - but overall, Maher sees sports as a meritocracy rather than an old boys' club.
As usual with his commentary on current events or social issues of any kind Bill’s take was candidly delivered without mincing words.