Bill Maher Says the N-Word on Real Time; HBO Calls It ‘Completely Inexcusable’

During his interview with the junior senator from Nebraska, Ben Sasse, on Real Time With Bill Maher tonight, Bill Maher inexplicably made a joke in which he referred to himself as an “n-word.” In response to Senator Sasse’s suggestion that Maher visit him and “work in the fields” of Nebraska, the Real Time host bafflingly riffed a retort about slavery. “Working in the fields? Senator, I’m a house ‘n-word,’” Maher cracked. In response to the line, Senator Sasse smiled awkwardly while the audience groaned and applauded. In response to the audience’s reaction, Maher can be heard quietly saying, ostensibly by way of clarification, “It’s a joke.”

Update, June 3: HBO has released a statement about Maher’s word choice: “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.”

Bill Maher Says the N-Word on Real Time