Blogged by: Georgia Doll

Bill Maher, of Real Time with Bill Maher Talk Show, blurted out that he was a "House N*gger" while on his show. Even audience members were slow to react to the comment, but ended up laughing the joke off as if it were no big deal. Many civil rights leaders, artists, and even comedians have weighed in on the controversial situation and have given their opinion and take on the whole ordeal. 

Al Sharpton was recently stopped by TMZ's cameras and asked about his take on Bill Maher's recent comment about being a "House N*gger" on his late night Friday show. Sharpton says just as he's called out rappers for using the word, he holds Maher just as accountable.

Kevin Hart was also asked in a Breakfast Club interview his thoughts on the degrading and inappropriate comment.

Hart stated that Maher's comment was inexcusable: "That’s a bad judgment. Granted, I don’t think Bill Maher is a racist, but that’s a bad judgment," he added. "It’s inappropriate and it’s not right,” “To say that and to say it the way you said it as comfortable as you said it in a joking form, you’re wrong. Granted, you can issue all the apologies you want... you know he says it around friends. It’s not something that he’s not going to say anymore. But for you to say it on your platform, that’s tacky.”

Now, Killer Mike's response and reaction to the circumstance is a little different. Killer Mike believes that Bill Maher meant no harm in what he said but if he were to say it in front of him, Killer Mike stated: "I would have punched Bill right in his stomach and said 'you sound stupid', and we would've smoked a joint after. That's what you do when your white friend does that when you're 13 and he gets a little too comfortable and [he] says it," he added. "I'm a fierce believer in the 1st Amendment, so whether I agree with you or not, I believe in your right to say it."

Killer Mike continued by saying, "I'm used to American comedians doing this. This doesn't mean I condone it; that just means I appreciate the 1st Amendment." -- "The joke really didn't land; it was kind of flat. So, I think Bill has had better jokes."

Here's the apology Maher put out the following day of his Friday night episode.

"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."

HBO called Maher’s use of the N-word on Friday’s show “completely inexcusable and tasteless” and that all further airings of the episode would edit that portion of the interview.