Bill Maher crossed the line in real time!
The host of HBO’s late-night talk fest “Real Time” used the offensive “N-word” during an interview with Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse on his show friday night.
The discussion centered around maturity as Maher brought up how adults in California still dress up for Halloween and asked Sasse if people do that in Nebraska.
“It’s frowned upon,” replied Sasse. “We don’t do that quite as much.”
When the republican senator invited the liberal Maher to visit his state, he joked, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us” — to which Maher replied, “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house [expletive].”
Sensing he hit a nerve with the studio audience judging by the mixed reaction the comment received, the host quickly backtracked and assured them, “No, it’s a joke.”
Sasse let the crass comment go and received some backlash on social media afterwards for not quickly condemning Maher’s remark.
The off-color comment caused a firestorm online against Maher, with black activists even calling for his firing — which would not be the first time the host was pulled from the air.
Maher lost his show, “Politically Incorrect,” in 2002 after his offensive remarks about the attacks on September 11, 2001.
Surprisingly, the word was not cut or bleeped out of the show’s midnight rebroadcast!