Michael Che drops n-word on "Saturday Night Live"

Michael Che performs onstage during HFC NYC presented by Hilarity for Charity at Highline Ballroom on June 29, 2016 in New York City. 

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Michael Che is feeling the heat from “Saturday Night Live” viewers on social media. 

The comedian was discussing Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem when he let the n-word slip on “Weekend Update.” 

He started out his diatribe by saying, “If the national anthem was so important, how did they know somebody was kneeling? That’s how boring the national anthem is ― halfway through it you’re looking around the stadium, like, ‘I wonder what the backup quarterback for the 49ers is up to.’” 

Then he added that it was “mostly white guys that are upset.” 

He said, “You absolutely should defend the National Anthem. If I was white, I’d always defend the National Anthem. I expect white guys to defend the National Anthem like I expected Phylicia Rashad to defend Bill Cosby. I’m sure when people were protesting ‘The Cosby Show,’ I’m sure Clair Huxtable was like, ‘I don’t know what he did to y’all, but n***a made me rich!’”

Che’s comment had viewers buzzing on Twitter with some criticizing the comedian, but Che brushed off the criticism. 

He posted a photo​ on Instagram of himself making a skeptical face and wrote, “Reading about how michael che can’t say n***a, like ...” 

“Saturday Night Live” has yet to comment on the incident. 

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