The Rev. Al Sharpton slammed the comedian Bill Maher for using the N-word on Real Time With Bill Maher Show last Friday.
“Oh no! There are no exceptions that make this acceptable,” Sharpton said on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” while discussing the incident.
Maher later apologized and HBO said it will remove the “deeply offensive comment” from any subsequent airings of the “Real Time with Bill Maher Show.”
Chance the Rapper also chimed in on Bill Maher’s use of the n-word.
“Please @HBO Do Not Air Another Episode Of Real Time With Bill Maher,” he wrote.
Please @HBO Do Not Air Another Episode Of Real Time With Bill Maher.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) June 3, 2017
The blacklash stems from an interview between Maher and Senator Ben Sasse on “Real Time with Bill Maher Show.”
“I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” Maher said on Friday’s show.
“You are welcome,” Sasse replied. “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”
“Work in the fields?! Senator, I’m a house, n—-r,” Maher said, immediately adding “It’s a joke.”
On Saturday, Maher apologized saying: “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.”
In a statement, HBO called his use of the “n-word” “completely unexcusable” and said the network will be “removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show,” but offered no additional comment.