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Bill Maher issues apology for using racial slur on air

CONTROVERSY: Bill Maher

COMEDIAN BILL Maher has issued an apology, after using a racial slur during an interview on his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher.

"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," Maher said in a statement to CBS News on Saturday (Jun 3).

"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."

Maher sparked outrage after using the n-word in an exchange with Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, when the senator encouraged him to visit his home state.

"We'd love to have you work in the fields with us," Sasse said.

"Work in the fields?" Maher responded. "Senator, I'm a house n*****r."

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In a statement to CBS News on Saturday, HBO condemned Maher's behaviour, stating:

"Bill Maher's comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless," the statement read. "We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show."

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