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‘I Regret the Word I Used’: Bill Maher Apologizes for Using N-Word

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Last night, comedian Bill Maher drew intense outrage for using the N-word during a Real Time interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). In response to a Sasse asking the host if he could get him to work in the fields, Maher said he was a “house nigga.”

With calls for Maher to be fired growing louder and louder, HBO released a statement calling the comic’s remarks “inexcusable and tasteless.” The network also noted that repeat airings of the episode will have the comments edited out.

Well, Maher has finally spoken out on the flap, providing an apology and blaming his use of the word on the “banter of a live moment.”

“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. 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.”

A spokesperson for Maher said he would be unavailable for comment the rest of the day.

This morning, Sasse took to Twitter to offer up a mea culpa, stating that he wished he would have spoken out after Maher used the word and explained why it was inappropriate to use.

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