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Bill Maher’s New Friday Lineup Announced After Sen. Al Franken Bows Out Over Racial Slur

Deadline logo Deadline 6/6/2017 Lisa de Moraes
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Academic Michael Eric Dyson is Bill Maher’s top-of-show interview guest for Friday’s Real Time, after Sen. Al Franken bowed out, citing Maher’s use of a racial slur on last Friday’s program.

Musician/actor Ice Cube is Maher’s mid-show interview guest; roundtable guests include CNN journalist David Gregory, former Fla. Rep. David Jolly and activist Symone Sanders.

Georgetown professor Dyson already has weighed in on Maher’s incendiary aside, on last Friday’s program:

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) was Maher’s guest last Friday and, at one point he invited Maher to the state to “work in the fields” with locals. Maher shot back, jokingly, that he was a “house [expletive],” using the slur Larry Wilmore had lobbed, in praise, at President Barack Obama two White House Correspondents Dinners ago.

Maher subsequently issued a statement apologizing, and HBO the next day called the comment “completely inexcusable and tasteless” as well as “deeply offensive,” and announced it had removed it “from any subsequent airings of the show.”


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