Bill Maher in hot water after using racial slur on his HBO show

Comedian and talk-show host Bill Maher came under sharp criticism on Saturday, after he used a racial slur while interviewing a U.S. senator on his “Real Time” show on Time Warner Inc.’s TWX, -0.52% HBO

Maher was interviewing Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska who was promoting his book, “The Vanishing American Adult.” Sasse invited Maher to visit Nebraska during banter between the two, adding “we’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”

Maher then used the epithet while making a distinction between slaves who worked outdoors and those that worked indoors, making a reference to himself.

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