Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenNative American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again Al Franken urges Trump to give new speech after shootings: 'Try to make it sound like you're sincere, even if you're not' MORE (D-Minn.) on Monday canceled his upcoming appearance on HBO's "Real Time" following controversy over host Bill Maher.

Franken will not appear on Maher's show this Friday after the HBO host used the phrase "house n---a" during a recent interview.

"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,' " Franken's spokesman said in an emailed statement to The Huffington Post.

"He was glad to see see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment."

TMZ on Monday reported that Maher will return to "Real Time" this Friday despite using a racial slur during an interview last Friday.

TMZ also reported that none of Maher’s upcoming comedy tour dates have been canceled following controversy over his remarks.

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The entertainment outlet reported that tickets remain on sale at all venues that have not already sold out.

 

Staff at a majority of the venues TMZ reached said they were either “looking into” Maher’s comments or the comedian’s shows were “going on as planned.”

Maher’s tour is ongoing and lasts until Nov. 12, according to StubHub, and includes stops in cities nationwide such as Baltimore, Las Vegas and San Diego.

Maher on Saturday apologized for using a racial slur during an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) the night before.

“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,” he said in a statement.

“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.”

Maher jokingly told Sasse that he considers himself a “house n---a” during Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time.”

“I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” he said while the pair were discussing the state’s Halloween traditions.

“You’re welcome,” Sasse replied. “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”

“Work in the fields?” Maher retorted. “Senator, I’m a house n---a.”

“No, it’s a joke,” he added when some audience members laughed and others moaned at the quip.

Franken's decision to skip Friday's show comes just days after he flip-flopped on attending a July event with comedian Kathy Griffin, requesting she not attend the event after she posed with a fake decapitated head that resembled President Trump.