Rapper and actor Ice Cube is set to tackle comedian Bill Maher over his use of the N-word on his political talk show by appearing on the program this week (09Jun17).
Maher used the racial slur, calling himself “a house n**ger”, during a chat with Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse on Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday (02Jun17) and quickly apologized following a storm of backlash.
The controversial comic released a statement on Saturday (03Jun17), 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.”
Senator Al Franken has pulled out of a scheduled appearance on this week’s show over Maher’s N-word slip-up, but the Ride Along star, who was among the founders of hardcore rap act N.W.A., is refusing to pull out of an encounter with the comic.
Cube, who regularly uses the word in his lyrics, was booked on the show to discuss the 25th anniversary edition of his album Death Certificate, but his representative insists he’ll be talking about last week’s Maher controversy.
The rep tells TMZ the TV appearance on Real Time is perfect timing because Death Certificate was made in the wake of the Rodney King beating, which sparked the L.A. Riots in 1992, adding, “This sadly speaks to many of the same race issues we as a society are still dealing with today.”