On Saturday, Bill Maher finally apologized for using a racial slur on his show Real Time on Friday night. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, was quickly and broadly criticized after it aired on the comedian's "Real Time with Bill Maher" show Friday night.
"No, it's a joke", Maher said, breaking the silence.
Following these reactions, Maher issued an apology on Saturday afternoon.
Bill Maher has found himself at the center of a controversy once again.
Sasse wrote that while he believes as "a 1st Amendment absolutist" it is Maher's right "to cross hard lines", though he should have spoken up.
During the interview, Maher and Sasse were bantering about the HBO host taking a trip to Nebraska, when Sasse told Maher, "we'd love to have you work in the fields with us". He posted a series of tweets on Saturday morning saying he regretted not saying something immediately, the word is an attack on human dignity and the word should never be used.
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The comedian was roundly criticized after the show aired.
Maher wrote in a statement Saturday that he regrets using the slur to refer to himself as a house slave during a segment on his "Real Time with Bill Maher" show Friday night. "There are no explanations that make this acceptable".
Sasse didn't respond to Maher's comment during the interview, but later took to Twitter condemn it.
There are no indications that HBO will fire Maher. It's therefore an attack on the American Creed.
"Bill Maher's comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless", Quentin Schaffer, executive vice president for corporate communications at HBO, said in a statement.
He continued, "Here's what I wish I'd been quick enough to say in the moment: 'Hold up, why would you think it's OK to use that word? We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show".