Bill Maher

Hours after troubled comedienne Kathy Griffin played the victim at an awkward news conference on Friday, HBO host Bill Maher took some of the heat off of her by using a racist slur.

The controversial ‘Real Time With Bill Maher’ host was interviewing Republican Senator Ben Sessa about his book when the conversation turned to adults celebrating Halloween.

The senator told Maher that adults dressing up in costumes was frowned upon in Nebraska. “We don’t do that quite as much,” he said with a grin.

When Maher said he had to get to Nebraska more often, Sasse told him he’d be welcome, adding with a smile, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”

Feigning surprise, Maher shook his head, saying “Work in the fields?” Then he threw up his hands and said, Senator, I’m a house nigger.”

The audience groaned, then laughed when Maher said, “It’s a joke.”

The outrage and condemnation was swift on, where Maher was the #1 trending topic in the U.S. overnight.

Some left-wingers tried to contain the damage by claiming Maher used the less incendiary word “nigga,” but Root writer Monique Judge was not convinced.

“He said ‘n—er’ with a HARD ASS Rrrrrrrrrruh, so that makes this extra offensive,” she tweeted, adding that Maher’s show “needs to be canceled.”

One Twitter user reminded Black Twitter that the Republican party was originally created to abolish slavery — and that the Democrats was the party of the KKK who fought tooth and nail to keep slavery alive.

HBO had no comment on the Maher situation last night.