HBO issued a statement saying that Bill Maher calling himself a “house n*gger” on his show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night was “completely inexcusable and tasteless.”

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HBO: Bill Maher’s Use of Racial Slur is “Completely Inexcusable and Tasteless” [Photo Credit: Wikipedia]
“Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless,” HBO said in its statement. “We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.”

Maher made the comment during a discussion with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) when the senator invited him to his home state to work in the fields. In response, Maher jokingly said, “Work in the fields? Senator, I am a house n*gger.”

Maher issued an apology:

Sasse, who appeared to be shocked by the racial slur, did not say anything, but posted several tweets on Saturday saying he wish he had. Maher has come under intense backlash for the slur, with calls for his firing.