Larry Wilmore is not apologizing for his perceived White House Correspondents’ Dinner faux pas.
The Nightly Show host on Monday defended his speech against critics such as Mail Online‘s U.S. editor-at-large Piers Morgan, who claimed that the comedian used the N-word when praising President Barack Obama (at the 22:00 mark in the video above).
“Are you saying I called the president a ‘n–ger?’ That’s horrible,” he said, before assuring viewers, “I would never do that. I believe I said, ‘Yo Barry, you did it, my n—ga.’ There’s a difference.”
Wilmore prefaced his explanation by pointing out that even the latter is a “charged word” bound to upset some people, but continued by making “a very important distinction” regarding his choice of slang.
“Piers, you did not properly conjugate that slur. Very important. ‘N—ger’ is what white people use to denigrate, demean and dehumanize black people. And ‘n—ga’ is a term of endearment some black people use between each other to take back that power.”
What do you think of Wilmore’s response to the controversy? Watch the segment at the top of Monday’s show below.