Comedian Bill Maher has apologised for using a racial slur on live television.
The host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO used a derogatory term for African-Americans while interviewing Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.
The “joke” prompted a huge backlash, particularly on social media. Maher said he used the slur in the “banter of a live moment”.
“The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry,” he said in a statement released the next day.
The controversy arose during a segment of the show when Maher was interviewing the Republican Senator Ben Sasse.