Kevin Hart Calls Bill Maher's Use of the N-Word 'Inappropriate' & 'Tacky'

Kevin Hart speaks at the Javits Center on June 4, 2017 in New York City.
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Kevin Hart speaks at the Javits Center on June 4, 2017 in New York City. 

Kevin Hart is calling out Bill Maher for his use of the N-word during his show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night.

During an appearance on The Breakfast Club radio show on Tuesday, Hart explained that he didn't think Maher was racist, saying, “I’ve seen Bill Maher come to the defense of black people on several occasions."

However, Hart said Maher's comment on Friday were inexcusable. "That’s a bad judgment. Granted, I don’t think Bill Maher is a racist, but that’s a bad judgment.”

“It’s inappropriate and it’s not right,” Hart added. “To say that and to say it the way you said it as comfortable as you said it in a joking form, you’re wrong. Granted, you can issue all the apologies you want, you know he says it around friends. It’s not something that he’s not going to say anymore. But for you to say it on your platform, that’s tacky.”

The comments in question were made when Maher responded to guest Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska's question, "Would you like to come work in the field with us?"

"Work in the fields?" asked Maher. "Senator, I am a house n---er."

Maher's remark sparked an immediate backlash online.

The Real Time host has since apologized for his comments, calling his use of the N-word "offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry." HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that Maher's use of the word was "completely inexcusable." The network also edited out the use of the word for future airings of Real Time.

Watch Hart's interview below.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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