HBO’s Bill Maher faces backlash after using racial epithet

June 3, 2017 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Television talk-show host and comedian Bill Maher drew harsh criticism on Saturday for using a racial epithet on his HBO series “Real Time” in an interview with a U.S. senator from Nebraska. Maher issued a statement on Saturday apologizing for the comment, which HBO called “inexcusable.” Maher was interviewing Ben Sasse, a Republican, late Friday when he used the slur in reference to himself, quickly drawing a backlash. The show is aired live. “Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because…

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