However, a number of Maher's critics-notably, The Root-have pointed out that Maher's views on the subject do seem to have evolved since, for example, 2001, when he spent a segment of his old show Politically Incorrect talking over black actor Anne-Marie Johnson, and arguing that "culture" had changed the meanings of slurs and made them more appropriate for people like, say, white comedians to say.
Maher added that, "It doesn't matter if it was said in malice. That's honest. I'm not that big of an a-hole".
"Ice Cube will still appear on Bill Maher this Friday as scheduled to talk about the release of 'Death Certificate: 25th Anniversary edition, ' an album that was recorded in the wake of the Rodney King beating in 1991, which sadly, speaks to numerous same race issues that we as a society are still dealing with today", a representative for Ice Cube told The Times in a statement Tuesday morning. It happened, and it was wrong.
Maher sat down with Dyson, a longtime friend, a few minutes later and said, "I want you to school me. Sometimes we transgress a sensitivity point".
Maher also mentioned Kathy Griffin, "who by the way owes me a fruit basket for getting her off the front page". Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment.
How major USA stock market indexes fared on Friday
Traders also welcomed news that members of the Nordstrom family are considering taking the company private. European stock markets were mixed after the European Central Bank kept its stimulus program unchanged.
HBO called the host's use of the word "completely inexcusable and tasteless".
Then he brought on Michael Eric Dyson to have an honest discussion about his use of that word and why it offended so many. Al Franken, who was originally booked as a guest, canceled his appearance after Maher's "offensive" use of the word.
Dyson wasn't Maher's only guest tonight; he also talked to David Gregory, David Jolly, Symone Sanders, and Ice Cube, the latter of whom also grilled the host. "I love your show, you got a great show".
Later in the show, a very serious Ice Cube told Maher, "I knew you was going to f*ck up sooner or later. That's our word now, and you can't have it back".
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