Bill Maher’s Past Racist & Controversial Statements

Bill Maher in January (Getty)

Another controversial comment by comedian Bill Maher has him in hot water. Maher used a racial slur during an interview on his TV show with Republican Sen. Ben Sasse on Friday.

While sitting down with Sasse on his HBO show Real Time With Bill Maher, the 61-yea old uttered the “n-word” in response to something the Nebraskan senator said.

“Adults dress up for Halloween, they don’t do that in Nebraska?” Maher asked Sasse.

“It’s frowned upon, we don’t do that quite as much,” Sassee said.

Maher responded by saying that he has to “get to Nebraska more,” to which Sassee jokingly said, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”

“Work in the fields?” Maher asked Sassee sarcastically before raising his hands up and smiling. “You said it, I’m a house n***a.”

Watch a video of Maher using the slur here.

Maher has since apologized for using the “n-word,” saying that Friday’s show was the result of a “particularly long night.”

Social media users have responded harshly to the incident, with many calling for Maher to be fired from HBO.



Maher has been the host of his HBO political talk show since 2003, and he’s had quite a few controversial incidents during those 14 years. So it shouldn’t be too surprising to hear his latest controversial words. He’s brought race, gender or religion into play on his show numerous times, and hasn’t really held back.

Here are some of Maher’s most controversial incidents:


Maher Compared Zayn Malik to 1 of the Boston Bombers

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In 2015, Maher welcomed One Direction member Zayn Malik to his show. During the interview, Maher joked that Malik resembled Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two brothers that committed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The brothers were half-Chechen, and Malik is Pakistani.

“Just tell me two things, Zayn,” Maher said. “Which one in the band were you? And where were you during the Boston Marathon?”


Maher Defended Bill O’Reilly’s Racist Remark on Maxine Waters

When Bill O’Reilly made a racist joke about the way Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ hair looked, Maher told her to lighten up.

During a guest appearance on Fox & Friends, O’Reilly joked about the way her hair looked while speaking during open session in the House.

“I didn’t hear a word she said, I was looking at the James Brown Wig,” O’Reilly said.

During Maher’s show, the comedian said that women of color shouldn’t have been offended by O’Reilly’s words.

“Why is that racist? Because she’s compared to black people?” Maher asked.


Maher Once Said That ”Hundreds of Millions’ of Muslims Supported the Charlie Hebdo Attack

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Maher appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in January 2015 and was asked to offer his thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo attack, which had happened just hours before he went on. Three masked gunmen stormed the French satrical magazine and killed 12 people and injured another 11. Those victims included staff of Charlie Hebdo and two police officers because the publication depicted Muhammed on one of its covers.

“I know most Muslim people would not have carried out an attack like this,” Maher said to Kimmel. “But here’s the important point. Hundreds of millions of them support an attack like this. They applaud an attack like this. What they say is, we don’t approve of violence, but you know what, when you make fun of the prophet, all bets are off.”


Maher Accused Hillary Clinton of Crying to Get What She Wanted

Hillary tears for fears by Bill MaherMaher disects the miraculous moment2008-01-13T16:36:21.000Z

In 2008, when Clinton was running for president, Maher discussed what he thought her campaign strategy was with a statement that some saw as sexist.

The HBO host laid into Clinton for tearing up on the campaign trail, saying that most women react that way when in an argument.

I’m not trying to be sexist here, but I’m just saying that women try a lot of different tacks when they’re in arguments … I’m not being sexist, I’m just saying that men, when we argue, we’re kind of a one-trick pony — we try our thing, and then we sulk when we don’t get our way. But look at Hillary Clinton. The first thing a woman does, of course, is cry — and then they go to sweet talking … and then they throw an anger fit totally unrelated to anything … and when it doesn’t work, they bring out the sarcasm.


Maher Made Stereotypical Jokes Regarding St. Patrick’s Day

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In March, Maher, who has deep Irish roots, criticized Americans who drink to excess on St. Patrick’s Day.

“Imagine if we celebrated other ethnic groups in the same way we do the Irish on St. Patty’s day where the worst stereotype is reinforced,” Maher said. “What if during Black History Month, we all bought lobster with food stamps? What if for Cinco de Mayo we all went swimming in blue jeans?”


Maher, Sam Harris & Ben Affleck Got Into an Argument Over Islamaphobia

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Maher had actor Ben Affleck and author Sam Harris on his show as a guests in 2014, and a heated exchange ensued regarding “Islamophobia.”

After Affleck responded to a controversial statement by Harris, Maher joined in and was critical of Islam. Affleck and Maher got into a shouting match over whether or not it’s OK to have a phobia of the religion.

“All these billion people don’t hold these pernicious beliefs? That’s just not true, Ben, that’s just not true,” Maher said to Affleck.


Maher Defended Shawne Merriman After He Choked Tila Tequila

In 2009 after news broke that NFL player and San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Marriman had choked then-girlfriend Tila Tequila, Maher made light of the situation.

“New rule: Stop acting surprised someone choked Tila Tequila!” he said. “The surprise is that someone hasn’t choked this bitch sooner.”

Merriman was arrested in front of his house after Tequila accused him of choking her and restraining her when she attempted to leave his house.



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