Bill Maher uses N-word while discussing 'field' work with Senator

Bill Maher strikes again.

The 61-year-old TV host and political satirist stoked controversy again on Friday when he referred to himself as an N-word while interviewing a Nebraska senator on his show “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

“Senator, I’m a house ni–a,” Maher told Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) after the politician suggested he visit the Cornhusker state and work in the fields.

Sasse invites Maher to come work with him in his home state, earning a controversial response from the host.

Sasse invites Maher to come work with him in his home state, earning a controversial response from the host.

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Maher was interviewing Sasse about his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance” when he uttered the racist slur.

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As the comment was made, the audience groaned — and Sasse grinned.

Maher turned to the crowd and asserted, “It’s a joke.”

But critics were not laughing over Maher’s use of the word.

There was immediate fallout on social media, with many Twitter users skewering the talk show host.

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One user posted a GIF of a startled James Earl Jones with the caption, “#BillMaher just said he’s a House what??? #RealTime.”

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson called for Maher to be fired.

“But really, @BillMaher has got to go. There are no explanations that make this acceptable,” he said.

Others came to Maher’s defense.

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One user wrote, “It wasn’t cool but in the context it was a lil funny to me. I’m still gonna watch #RealTime tho.”

“Today is the day Bill Maher became president,” cracked comedian Michael Ian Black.

The episode — which also featured disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer — was far from the first time Maher has made incendiary comments that have upset his viewers.

Just weeks after Sept. 11 Maher made remarks about cowardice and the 9/11 terrorist attackers that cost him his job as the host of ABC’s “Politically Incorrect.”

Critics have accused the comic of being Islamophobic for some of his past statements about Muslims.

In February, Maher invited alt-right media personality Milo Yiannopoulos on his show.

He received heat for not questioning some of Yiannopoulos’ claims, including his statement that transgender people have a “psychiatric disorder.”

During the same episode, comedian Larry Wilmore told Yiannopoulos to “go f–k” himself.

The Intercept editor Jeremy Scahill was scheduled to be a guest on the episode, but dropped out, saying Yiannopoulos would just be “spewing hateful diatribes.”

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