Bill Maher Apologizes After Saying the N-Word on His HBO Show
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Bill Maher Apologizes After Saying the N-Word on His HBO Show


Bill Maher has apologized after using the n-word on his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday.

But not everyone is satisfied.

The incident occured unedited on live television when Bill's guest, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, invited the host to his home state, saying, "We'd love to have you work in the fields with us."

The 61-year-old comedian responded with, "Work in the fields? Senator, I'm a house n—er." After several members of the audience gasped, Bill added, "No, it's a joke."

Backlash was swift and came from all corners. HBO called the usage of the word "inexcusable," while Senator Sasse later stated on Twitter that he regretted not speaking up when Bill said the word.

Prominent Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson was one of the first and most forceful to come out against the TV star, calling for him to be fired in several tweets.

Bill apologized on Saturday, saying in a statement, "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," he continued. "The word was offensive, and I regret saying it and am very sorry."

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Do you think Bill's apology was adequate? 

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