Al Franken Backs 'Friend' Bill Maher After Bailing on His Show

Ice Cube's appearance on the show was booked before Maher said the word on last Friday's broadcast, and he said he'll "say what I gotta say" when he's there this week. During a segment with Sen. Maher replied. "Senator, I'm a house n****r".

An emailed statement from the senator's Spokesperson read "Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive, which is why he made the decision not to appear on the next episode of Real Time".

"I think you have to use better judgment", the Get Hard actor continued.

"I would have punched Bill in his stomach", Mike said onTMZ Live when asked what his response would have been had he been there for Bill's brash remark. "I just think he's maybe using the word like a comedian would use [it] like for some shock value", Johnsen said.

It for sure is a lesson. "If people want to call for his job - do what you want to do".

Although a few have dropped out of their upcoming appearances on Maher's show, it was announced that Ice Cube is planning to keep his previously scheduled appearance this Friday. Although the program had suffered declining ratings in recent years, Maher said it would still be on the air if he had not made a remark a week after the September 11 attacks that characterized previous USA military actions as "cowardly".

"Everybody feels like they can make a joke and cross that line", Cube explains, noting that he sees "cartoons that are way more offensive" than they should be on Adult Swim as well. It's like, please. It wasn't a cakewalk for a so-called 'house n***a, ' either, unless you like being raped.

"We may be cool Bill, but we ain't that cool", Ice Cube added.

Cube also spoke with Rolling Stone about the album for an interview that will publish later this week. "Check yourself before you wreck yourself". Sometimes, you gotta know when to shut up.

  • Salvatore Jensen