LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Bill Maher has apologized for using a racial slur on his HBO show.

Maher wrote in a statement Saturday that he regrets using the slur to refer to himself as a house slave during a segment on his “Real Time with Bill Maher” show Friday night. He wrote that he slept poorly Friday night after realizing he shouldn’t have made the remark.

The comedian was roundly criticized after the show aired. HBO said Saturday it would not re-air the segment.

Maher was speaking with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska when he used the slur.

The comedian immediately waved off audience groans.

Activists including the Rev. Al Sharpton quickly criticized Maher, and it remained a top-ranked topic on Twitter on Saturday morning.

As of Saturday, many have taken to social media:

Sasse wrote on Twitter that he wished he had immediately criticized Maher for using the term.

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Comments (3)
  1. How many more of these morons have to have a meltdown on tv before they get the message that they are doing this to themselves and that respect, compassion and personal responsibility never go out of style? The bullying, rudeness has taken over during the Obama years and these people just are not funny, anymore. It’s indicative of a sick mind and probably damaged soul/emotional/psychological self. You can criticize without being cruel and harmful. Jay Leno is a master of this kind of comedy. Learn from him.

  2. Does this mean that rappers & Black Americans will apologize whenever they say it?

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