As expected, on Friday night's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, the host used the closing segment of his show to discuss the controversy surrounding his remarks earlier this week when he defended shock jock Rush Limbaugh.

Maher said, “I don’t like it that people are made to disappear when they say something, or people try to make them disappear when they say something you don’t like. That’s America. Sometimes you’re made to feel uncomfortable, okay?”

He continued, "I'm not defending him. I'm defending living in a country where people don't have to be afraid that they might go out of the bounds we all want to be talking like White House spokesmen?"

Some may recall that Maher suffered cancellation of his old show Politically Incorrect after controversial comments he made following the 9/11 attacks.

Watch the full segment below, originally uploaded by Mediaite on March 9, 2012: