The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.” Maher’s apology comes after HBO issued a statement of its own, condemning the host for his “deeply offensive comment” and promising to remove it from any subsequent broadcasts.The crack came midway through Maher’s interview with Ben Sasse, when the junior senator invited Maher to come to Nebraska and “work in the fields with us,” to which the host replied, “Work in the fields?Johnson does not detail the degrading racial comments allegedly made by Maher, and recounts only one episode of supposed physical abuse by the host of HBO's "Real Time." She charges that Maher pulled her arm and shook her at one party, causing "injuries to her back and neck," and later that evening warned he'd hit her on the head with a hammer if she was unfaithful.
Maher wonders aloud why non-religious people are so underground, and why they aren’t having an impact on the national discussion.
His film is aimed squarely at that 16% of the country, and almost no one else.
NOVEMBER 11--Comedian Bill Maher was slapped yesterday with a $9 million palimony suit by an ex-girlfriend who alleges that the HBO star subjected her to physical and verbal abuse, including "insulting, humiliating and degrading racial comments." In a Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, Nancy Johnson, a centerfold model and former flight attendant also known as Coco Johnsen, alleges that Maher, 48, reneged on promises to pay her expenses and purchase a Beverly Hills home.
Johnson, who says she dated Maher for 17 months before splitting from him in May, also contends that the performer promised to marry her and have children.
Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment,” he said in a statement issued Saturday.
By multiple accounts, HBO has no plans to take any action against Maher, who has been a mainstay at the network since 2003.He congratulated the audience on making it through Donald Trump's first hundred days."It's like Lent if we all gave up reality," he said. Trump's startling victory last fall has been a boon for comics across the country, but Maher, who routinely calls the president a "whiny little bitch," got there early., Bill Maher throws up a bar chart illustrating the number of people in America who are non-religious.That number is 16%, more than blacks, more than Jews, more than numerous other minority groups who seem to have no problem making themselves heard and getting Congress to do their bidding.Maher made the comment in jest after Sasse invited Maher to spend a day working in the fields of Nebraska’s farms.