Kevin Hart Calls Bill Maher's Use of the N-Word "Inappropriate" and "Tacky"
“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," Hart said Tuesday on a radio show.
Kevin Hart is calling out Bill Maher for his use of the N-word during his HBO show Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday night.
During an appearance Tuesday on The Breakfast Club radio show, 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 was 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,” he 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 Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse'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 pay cable network also edited out the use of the word for future airings of Real Time.
Watch Hart's interview below.