Less than 24 hours after making a racist remark on Real Time with Bill Maher, and after being condemned by both HBO and also one of his guests in Senator Ben Sasse, the show’s host is finally speaking out.
In a new statement released Saturday, Maher expressed regret over the choice of words, which has led to a firestorm of criticism on social media and many calls for his dismissal:
“Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”
There are a number of key words to point out in this statement. By mentioning the words “live” several different times, Maher is indicating that this was something stated in the moment as opposed to something that was planned. He also indicates that because of the live nature of the show it’s something that could not be corrected. In the end, the words “very sorry” are the ones that will stand out the most in it constituting a true apology.
Will this be enough to win over those offended? Probably not, especially as this statement has caused many to take a look back at many of the other past remarks Maher has made over the course of the show that could and have been deemed as offensive in their own way. What this mostly does serve is as a means to try and suppress some of the backlash that is coming this way in the moment; yet, it’s hard to fathom Maher having another show in the future where he does not address this comment further in some way. There are times where it is applicable to move on as though nothing ever happened, but this is more than likely not one of them.
What do you think about Maher’s apology, and do you think this will do anything to quiet some of the firestorm that exists around him right now? Sound off with some of your reactions in the comments below. (Photo: HBO.)