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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.
"Our faith is that putting this up as itself, it will hoist itself on its own petard, that it's comical just as it is," explained producer Maggie Rowe.
The show featured a rotating cast of over 160 celebrities, including Andy Richter (Jesus), Richard Belzer, Dave Thomas, Traci Lords, Craig Bierko, Sarah Silverman, and Julia Sweeney.
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.
Maher holds the record for the most Emmy nominations without a win, having been nominated on 22 occasions and not winning once.
Eleven of the nominations were for Politically Incorrect, while nine were for Real Time.
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.