Bill Maher Says He 'Did A Bad Thing' On N Word Scandal

Jun. 10 2017, Updated 5:38 p.m. ET

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Liberal comedian Bill Maher gave a huge "my bad" explanation of his N word scandal on his first Real Time episode since the controversy.

A week ago, as Radar reported, Maher shocked viewers by dropping the offensive racial epithet on his HBO talk show.

On June 2, Maher called himself a "house n*****" on camera. While some audience members laughed and applauded, others groaned.

The next day, Maher apologized and said in a statement that he got caught up in the "banter of a live moment."

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And on his first fresh episode since the controversy on Friday, as can be seen on YouTube,  Maher told his guest, African American sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson, "I did a bad thing. For black folks, that word, I don't care who you are, has caused pain. I'm not here to do that."

Maher added that, "It doesn't matter that it wasn't said in malice. If it brought back pain to people then that's why I apologized freely and I reiterated it tonight."

The shocking original incident occurred last week when Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska told Maher in an interview that the host is welcome in the state and that "we'd love to have you work in the fields with us."

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

The progressive funnyman then got slammed on social media. Some even said Maher should lose his job.

But on Friday, Maher, also known for his previous show, Politically Incorrect, told Dyson, "We're all evolving at the pace of day by day."

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As Radar readers know, Maher isn't the first celebrity to be hit with a racist comment scandal and some have included the N word.

Progressive Maher said his use of the N word was "wrong" and that it was a mistake, comparing it to the comedian equivalent of a quarterback throwing an interception.

"This was just a mistake," Maher said on Real Time. "This was just a dumb interception."

Later in the show, rapper/actor Ice Cube schooled Maher on the N Word, saying it's "like a knife" that can be used as a weapon.

"I think this is a teachable moment not just to you, but the people watching right now," Ice Cube told Maher.

Maher responded, "I think the people watching right now are saying, 'That point has been made.'"

"Not by me," Ice Cube said. "I made it. I'm done. We can laugh now."

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