Another controversial moment from a celebrity has U.S. Sen. Al Franken changing his plans.
Franken, who has been out promoting his new book Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, won't be making an appearance on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher this Friday. That's because Maher used a racial slur during a live interview on his show last week.
"What Maher said was inappropriate and offensive, which is why he made the decision not to appear on the next episode of Real Time," a spokesperson for Franken told the New York Times.
What did Maher say?
Maher used a racial slur during an interview with U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska. Maher told Sasse he needed to visit Nebraska more often, to which Sasse said: "We'd love to have you work in the fields with us."
That's when Maher replied: "Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n-----. No, it’s a joke."
Maher apologized the next day, saying, in part, "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," according to the Washington Post.
Franken's spokesperson did say he was glad to see Maher apologize and "express sincere regret for his comment," the New York Times says.
This is the second time in the past week Franken has changed his plans. Last week, he decided it wasn't a good idea to appear with Kathy Griffin after she was criticized for holding what looked like President Donald Trump's severed head in a photo.