Sen. Al Franken Cancels Appearance on Bill Maher's Show

Comedian Bill Maher apologized Saturday for using a racial slur during an interview the night before with Republican Sen. During the segment, Sasse mentioned how much he would love to visit his home state, Nebraska.

The next "Real Time" airs at 10 p.m. Friday on HBO.

The rapper was already scheduled to appear on the June 9 episode of HBO's "Real Talk With Bill Maher" and has no intention of backing out now. "'Senator, I am a house [expletive.]'" UPI Bill Maher is a free speech advocate, and in his professional career as a political commentator and stand-up comic he has fought political correctness.

"Work in the fields?" asked Maher.

Maher replied: "Work in the fields?"

The host responded, "Senator, I'm a house n--r". "No, it's a joke".

He reacted to audience groans by saying it was a joke.

It was an unscripted comment that Maher made in a conversation on his previous show, Politically Incorrect, that led to that show's axing by ABC.

Maher apologized the day after the offending show aired, saying, "I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment". In a sharply worded statement, HBO called Maher's comments "completely inexcusable and tasteless".

Tweets soon poured in condemning Maher's remarks. "There are no explanations that make this acceptable". After chatting for a bit, the interview went all the way LEFT and Maher thought it was cute and appropriate to say the N-word.

While the comedian said he doesn't think Maher is a racist, he did find it "inappropriate" and "not right". Franken will be replaced by author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson, who like Ice Cube is African-America and has written and spoken at length about racial issues.

HBO confirmed to EW that Maher will appear on the show Friday, though his long-term future at the network remains unclear. Granted, you can issue all the apologies you want, you know he says it around friends.

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