Bill Maher has issued an apology for his use of the N-word on Friday night’s episode of his HBO series “Real Time.”
“Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show,” Maher said Saturday through a spokesperson.
“Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry,” he concluded.
Maher referred to himself as a “house n—-” on the weekly show, after his guest Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) invited him to “work in the fields” of his home state, Nebraska.
Maher immediately characterized the comment as a joke. His network disagreed, ripping the comment in a statement Saturday as “tasteless” and vowing to cut it from any subsequent airings of the episode.
“Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment,” Sasse tweeted after the fact. “Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word? The history of the N-word is an attack on universal human dignity. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. Don’t use it,'” Sasse wrote.
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The ”Real Time“ host has said the n-word on TV… and a lot more
Comedian Bill Maher has made a career of saying things that could come back to haunt him, both on his former ABC show "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher" and on his current HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher." Though Maher prides himself on being politically incorrect, there have been plenty of times he's said offensive things that got him into hot water. Here's a look at some of them.