Chance the Rapper was one of the first to comment on the situation, writing on Twitter early Saturday: 'Please @HBO Do Not Air Another Episode Of Real Time With Bill Maher.' It is not all good news though, as Maher has already lost one of his scheduled guests for the program on Friday.
The host's good friend, comedian-turned-politician Al Franken, announced on Monday that he will not be appearing on the show.'Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive, which is why he made the decision not to appear on the next episode of 'Real Time,'' said Franken's office in a statement on Monday.
There are no explanations that make this acceptable.'The decision to keep Maher is a bit less complicated than the one CNN had to make with Griffin, or Fox News had to make back in April after Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment scandal.
At one point during their exchange, Senator Sasse invited Maher back to his home state by saying: 'We'd love to have you work in the fields with us.' Maher immediately fired back: 'Work in the fields?
Senator, I'm a house n*****.' The backlash was quick, with many in disbelief that Maher would utter such a pejorative term in the middle of his show.
Maher will be back on set this Friday for the normally scheduled taping of 'Real Time', an HBO executive confirmed to Daily
The outspoken 61-year-old has not yet commented on the network's decision to keep him on, having done his best to keep a low profile in the wake of the incident.
'Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment.