Monday, April 15, 2024

Bill Maher Books Three Black Guests Including Ice Cube for This Friday to Confront N Word Scandal


Bill Maher isn’t fooling around. His line up this Friday will take head on his scandal over using the “N” word last week. His main guests are Ice Cube and noted commentator Michael Dyson. Symone Sanders will be a roundtable guest.

That’s three of his four guests who are black, and it’s for a reason. Maher is at center of a scandal from last week’s show when he said the “N” word. Now he’s got critics calling for his ouster and guests like Senator Al Franken pulling out of the show. Maher is obviously going to confront his demon for better or worse.

Maher did apologize for saying what he did, the next day: “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.”

Still, it’s a tough time for comedians and commentators on all sides as everything that’s said is looked at under a microscope.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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