Bill Maher Apologizes After Using N-Word On His Show

Bill Maher left speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska during a segment of his

Bill Maher left speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska during a segment of his"Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday

His guest on the show was Senator Ben Sasse, who asked the host, "Would you like to come work in the field with us?"

"Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che (CHAY) says he was surprised by the reaction to comments he made on the show in February, when he called Boston the "most racist city" he has ever visited.

Sasse now says he regrets not speaking up when Maher made the joke. "Work in the fields?" he said, raising his palms. Senator, I'm a house n*****.

After the audience groaned, Maher and Sasse moved to other topics. "Just because Bill Maher is liberal and our friend, you don't give him a pass. you never get the right to use that term". The network said it would remove the content from future airings of the Friday episode of the "Real Time with Bill Maher" show.

"I've got to get to Nebraska more", said Maher. "Comedians get latitude to cross hard lines".

Earlier today, Sasse tweeted he wished he had said something.

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After a night to think about it, Bill Maher decided to make a very rare apology, which so far seems to be enough for D.L. Hughley.

Sasse didn't respond to Maher's comment during the interview, but later took to Twitter condemn it.

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

Real Time with Bill Maher airs on Saturday nights at 10: 00 p.m. on HBO. It's therefore an attack on the American Creed.

In February, the comedian was criticized for appearing to bond with extremist author and lecturer Milo Yiannopoulos during his appearance on the HBO show. But coming on the heels of Kathy Griffin's recent controversy, where she came under fire - and was sacked from hosting CNN's New Year's Eve special - for doing a photo shoot with what looked like the severed, bloody head of the President, comedians who cross a line may find there's less latitude in our country today than usual.

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