Bill Maher dropped an N-word response to a Republican senator and is getting ripped on the internet

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UPDATE: HBO condemned Maher’s use of the N-word and vowed to remove it from future airings of the segment. Maher, known for being unapologetic, has apologized:

“Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show,” he said. “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”

Bill Maher had Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Friday to talk about the latter’s book, but that’s not what anyone is talking about today.

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Early on in their back and forth, Sasse invited Maher to visit Nebraska and “come work in the field with us.”

Maher reacted by saying “Work in the fields? Senator, I am a house n——,” eliciting no verbal response from Sasse and a mixed reaction from the audience.

The host said, “It was a joke,” picking up on the awkward reaction. After that, the two kept moving right along, but the internet did not.

Activists like Deray McKesson believe it was enough for Maher to lose his job.

Others agreed that an immediate firing is warranted.

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McKesson also criticized Sen. Sasse — he “doesn’t even flinch” — and audience members who laughed.

Sasse tweeted a rapid fire reflection early Saturday on his “Real Time” appearance and indicated that Maher’s use of free speech here was irresponsible and that his own “cringing” reaction wasn’t enough.

Sasse said that if he could go back in time, he’d say, “Hold up, why do you think it’s okay to use that word? The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. Don’t use it.”

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