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Bill Maher Under Fire For Racial Slur in Interview With Sen. Ben Sasse

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Saturday, 03 Jun 2017 09:18 AM

Bill Maher is facing criticism for his use of a racial slur during a discussion with a Republican senator on his HBO talk show Friday night.

Maher was speaking with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska during a segment of his "Real Time with Bill Maher." Sasse joked that he would like to have Maher visit Nebraska and work in the fields, which prompted Maher to use a slur in a joke that he was a house slave.

The comedian immediately waved off audience groans.

Activists including the Rev. Al Sharpton quickly criticized Maher and it remained a top-ranked topic on Twitter on Saturday morning.

Sasse wrote Saturday that he wished he had immediately criticized Maher for using the term.

Maher's publicists did not respond to an email seeking comment.

HBO has responded to Bill Maher's use of a racial epithet on Friday night's episode of "Real Time," calling it "inexcusable and tasteless."

In a statement, HBO said, "Bill Maher's comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless. We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show."

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Bill Maher used the N-word on Friday night's episode of "Real Time," drawing outrage on social media.His guest on the show was Senator Ben Sasse, who asked the host, "Would you like to come work in the field with us?
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