Comedian Fran Lebowitz on Saturday expressed regret for joking that Saudi Arabia should "get rid" of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE like it did to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi while appearing on comedian Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherButtigieg: If Trump refuses to leave White House, he can 'do chores' Bill Maher booed on HBO show after mocking liberals for calling Bloomberg racist Bill Maher warns 'woke-y' Democrats: 'Trump had his best week ever,' will be 'hard to beat' MORE's "Real Time." 

“I saw your face when I said it,” she told Maher on HBO's "Overtime" segment that is filmed after the program. “I didn’t realize that I had said it. I had 12 cups of coffee. I regret saying it.”

Maher defended Lebowitz after her "Overtime" statement. 

"I mean, it’s a live show. You really don’t want to see the president dismembered by the Saudis. I don’t like Donald Trump either," he said. "No matter who the president is, we don’t want physical harm.”

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“I did not mean that and I regret saying it. I regret that everyone misinterpreted it because they misinterpret everything,” Lebowitz continued. 

On Friday night, Lebowitz made the controversial joke. 

“Whenever I think about this and what he really deserves, I think, ‘We should turn him over to the Saudis, you know, his buddies," she said. "The same Saudis, you know, who got rid of that reporter, you know. Maybe they can do the same for him.'”

Khashoggi was killed after going inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey last year. U.S. and international intelligence agencies determined that that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorized the slaying. Trump was criticized for failing to condemn bin Salman and questioning his involvement.