Bill Maher apologizes on 'Real Time': "I did a bad thing"

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To be fair to Maher, he was pretty contrite about the whole thing and Cube spoke his piece with honesty and admitted that while he was a fan of Maher and his show, he said that Maher "was gonna f*ck up sooner or later".

It's been a week since Bill Maher pulled widespread condemnation down on his head during a live taping of his HBO show Real Time, using a racial slur in the middle of a conversation with Republican senator Ben Sasse.

If you haven't been following Bill Maher's latest f*ck-up, here's a quick rundown. Getting on television and acting emotionally would probably embolden more White people say the word publically just to get a rise out of people. He accepted Maher's apology, but dug deeper into the meaning of the slur.

"I accept your apology, but I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche", he said. But he said a weird thing, the comic mind goes to a weird place sometimes.

"My Bible tells me that to whom much is given", Dyson said, "much is expected".

Maher acknowledged he has said that, but also made the point that he has also said in the past that there are things that people should apologize for. "When I hear my homies say it, it don't feel like venom, when I hear a white person say it, it feel like that knife stabbin' me, even if they don't mean it". "The word was offensive and I regret saying it and I'm very sorry".

Dyson tried but ultimately failed to truly challenge Maher, who, after the author explained the history behind the slur, downplayed his guilt by reiterating that he simply made a bad joke. I love your show, you've got a great show, but you've been buckin' up against that line a little bit. "You can't have it back".

"There is a lot of bulls- apologizing in America, and I am against that", Maher said. "Michael Eric Dyson will be out here shortly to take me out to the woodshed". Instead, the rich and reserved Ice Cube gave him a "teachable moment".

Other guests on Friday's show included rapper and actor Ice Cube, with the roundtable consisting of David Gregory, former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), and activist Symone Sanders.

Bill Maher has apologised for using the n-word in an ill-judged quip. And you can use it as a weapon, or you can use it as a tool. "By white people. And we not gon" let that happen again.

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