HBO's Bill Maher faces backlash after using racial epithet

Comic Bill Maher has never been one to filter what comes out of his mouth, having been in countless controversies for what he's said on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher", and his previous show "Politically Incorrect". "Senator, I am a house n-er", he responded. "We don't do that quite as much".

While interviewing Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Maher and the Senator had what began as an innocent exchange about some differences between Nebraska and California. Maher made a distinction between slaves that toiled in fields and slaves that were allowed to work indoors, using the slur to refer to himself as the latter.

BM: "Maybe I oughta visit Nebraska more".

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"It was a joke", Maher quickly added, perhaps in anticipation of the response he was about to receive online.

A press representative for HBO on Friday night referred questions to Maher's personal publicists, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, the Times reported. "We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show", the network said in a statement (via THR).

Deray Mckesson, an activist for Black Lives Matter, took to Twitter, saying, "But really, @BillMaher has got to go".

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On social media, Mr. Maher's remarks were criticized by viewers across the political spectrum. Me just cringing last night wasn't good enough. 3.

Sasse added, "The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity".

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