Al Franken defends Bill Maher after canceling "Real Time" appearance

Ice Cube is the mid-show guest and will reportedly talk about Maher’s use of the N-word

"I knew you was gonna f**k up sooner or later", Cube told Maher, drawing cheers from the audience.

"I did a bad thing", the host confessed to guest Michael Eric Dyson. "It's a word that has been used against us", said Cube. "I like your show", he told Maher.

Last week, during an interview with Republican Sen.

During last week's exchange with Sasse, Maher responded to the politician's invitation to come visit Nebraska ("We'd love to have you work in the fields with us", he quipped), saying, "Work in the fields?"

To which Maher then said: 'Work in the fields? Now, the guy who was here, it's not his fault, I feel bad for him, the senator, it's all on me. "I am against that". But he said a weird thing. And that's why I apologized freely, and I reiterate it tonight. "But you be bucking up against that line, you got a lot of black jokes".

'We're all evolving at the pace of day by day, ' he said.

"That's a great place to begin, Bill", Dyson said. I just wanna know two questions. "Comedians are a special kind of monkey". We are a trained thing that tries to get a laugh.

Maher also mentioned Kathy Griffin, "who by the way owes me a fruit basket for getting her off the front page".

Dyson did note, however, that "there are lines that you do not cross".

What's fair game in comedy, and what crosses the line? He noted that he has a history of challenging the orthodoxy on the right and the left.

Essentially, Maher used a particular racial slur in the course of his opening monologue last week and it rightfully caused a huge controversy.

The rapper was already scheduled to appear on the June 9 episode of HBO's "Real Talk with Bill Maher" and has no intention of backing out now. "That's Pretty Fucking Funny coming from a comedian white or black", he responded on Twitter, after hearing what the fuss was about.

Another guest on "Real Time", rapper Ice Cube, was not afraid to confront Maher more, even though he accepted Maher's apology.

Maher brought up his apology from earlier in the episode, but Ice Cube persisted.

"There was no thought put into it". "Obviously I was telling Dr. Dyson, comedians, they react. But I think this is a teachable moment, not just to you but to the people who are watching right now".

"Honestly, I've said both, was Maher's response".

"I accept your apology". "I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche". "People make mistakes, we're all sinners".

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