LOS ANGELES, June 4 — Bill Maher has issued an apology for using a racial epithet on Friday’s edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.
The TV talk show host and comedian said 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. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”
Meanwhile, HBO, which is facing calls to fire Maher, also issued a statement yesterday calling Maher’s choice of words “completely inexcusable and tasteless” but stopped short of any formal sanction against the host.
Maher drew harsh criticism yesterday for using the slur during an interview with a US Republican senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse.
He used the slur in reference to himself, quickly drawing a backlash. The show is aired ‘live’.
Maher used the offensive word after Sasse invited him to visit Nebraska and work in the fields.
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.