Co-host of The View Joy Behar called Bill Maher “one of the good guys” in the “fight” against President Trump and downplayed his use of the N-word on Friday’s HBO airing of “Real Time.”
During Monday’s airing of “The View,” the co-hosts tackled the criticism that Maher was facing after referring to himself as a “house n****r.”
After Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) invited Maher to work alongside him in the fields of Nebraska, Maher shot back, “Work in the fields?” Maher chided, “Senator, I’m a house n****r.”
Sasse was promptly taken aback by Maher’s casual usage of the word, and in response, HBO released a statement condemning Maher’s language.
The statement read:
“Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless. We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.”
Maher apologized in a statement on Saturday, which read:
“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.”
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that she has “very specific feelings about the word,” and noted that Maher didn’t refer to anyone else but himself when he used the racial epithet. She also said that the public has given “too much power” to the word. “
However, co-host Sunny Hostin was adamant in her stance that using the slur in any way, shape or form is inexcusable.
“I have never uttered the word in my 48 years of living,” Hostin said. “I don’t think anyone should use it. I think it’s time to retire that word. It comes from such a painful time.”
Behar, however, changed topics entirely.
“Bill Maher is one of the good guys in this fight against Trump right now,” Behar began. “Not to deflect from what he said, ’cause he already apologized, but Donald Trump and his people that ran his real estate agent [sic], they actually practiced racism.”
She continued, “They discriminated against black people in housing. To me, that is a much more egregious sin than saying any kind of word. … Let’s not lose perspective about comedians and words and things that comedians are saying, ’cause there seems to be this assault on comedians.”
See the co-hosts’ full remarks in the video below.