Comedian Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur on his HBO show

The "Real Time" host made a rare apology for using the word calling it something that he regrets.
2:12 | 06/04/17

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Transcript for Comedian Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur on his HBO show
So this morning, the HBO late night host Bill Maher a I poll jazzing for usualing a racial slur on his show, "Real time." The pressure now on HBO to sever ties with the comedian. Is that going to happen? Ron is here with the story. Reporter: HBO is condemning what ma her said on live TV. They're certainly feeling the heat for that remark made in an interview with a U.S. Senator that even ma her now says was a big mistake. A rare apology from Bill Maher for using a racial slur during his interview with Nebraska senator Ben sasse. I've got the get to Nebraska more. You're welcome. We would love to have you work in the fields with us. Senator, I'm a house . It's a joke. Thank you. Reporter: Sasse didn't respond to the slur on the show. Hours later took to Twitter, just cringing last night wasn't enough. I wish I had thought to say in the moment, hold up. Ma her has taken pride in his willingness to court controversy. Many taking to Twitter to express outrage. People tweeting -- Bill Maher has got to go. There are no explanations that make this acceptable. As the criticism grew, the fire brand host is issuing an apology. In a statement, ma her writing, 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. Though he's made his whole career on being provocative, it's difficult for people to get past the use of that word coming from a white comedian. Reporter: Back in 2001 he was criticized for calling U.S. Air strikes against terrorists in Afghanistan cowardly. Nine monster later, his show, "Politically incorrect" was canceled. As of this moment, his HBO show still on the air. Coming up the we're going to lighten things up.

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