Bill Maher's HBO show "Real Time" has been the subject of much controversy recently, as the show's host said the N-word during a segment. Since then, news has arrived that Maher will not be pulled off-air for his comments, and HBO will not be firing the show's host.
On a previous episode of his show, Maher was interviewing a Nebraska senator named Ben Sasse, with Sasse telling Maher he should come visit Nebraska and check out his work in the field. Maher responded to Sasse by saying, "Senator, I'm a house n****r." Immediately after saying it, Maher tried to write the statement off as a joke. However, he ended up apologizing for what he said the next day via a statement. In his statement, Maher said, "The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry." Senator Sasse issued an apology, acknowledging that he should have checked Maher's comment instead of laughing it off.
HBO released a statement of their own, saying they have plans to remove "deeply offensive comments from any subsequent airings of the show." Along with that, they also said: "Bill Maher's comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless."