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Maher says n***r on TV, HBO isn’t firing him

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Bill Maher will not be benched for his “house n*****” comment.

Sources familiar with HBO say the network will not yank Bill from the air let alone fire him for the comment he made to Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse on last Friday’s show.

Maher apologized quickly, but the comment quickly faded in the news cycle after the London terrorist attack.

Here’s the catch however. HBO programming runs no advertisements. Therefore, Maher’s situation is polar opposite from networks that advertise like FOX News, CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC. HBO won’t lose any money because it’s all subscription-based with loyal subscribers. So all in all, Maher’s show will either stand or fall on ratings.

The only fall out Maher has seen so far is one big guest for his next live show — Senator Al Franken — just canceled his appearance.

Franken said Monday he won’t be going on Friday’s episode. Franken’s spokesperson said Maher’s use of the n-word last week was the reason saying:

“Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive … He was glad to see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment.”

This would seemingly be the first real professional consequence Bill has faced after using a racial slur.

Ice Cube is also scheduled to appear on Maher’s show this week. Unclear if he’ll go through with it.

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