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Former CNN anchor and now BET host T.J. Holmes is speaking out on the n-word and revealing his frequent use of it. Holmes, who will be headlining a BET show this upcoming Fall, said he uses the word frequently in a column for TheGrio.

Check out an excerpt below:

At times, a white person might have more of a justification for using the n-word than I do. OK, let me be more specific: I believe two white people in particular had more of a justification than I do.

Earlier this year, two different CNN reporters said the n-word on live TV while reporting stories about hate crimes. One reporter, talking about a case in Mississippi, quoted the suspect as saying he had run over “that f**king ni**er.” The reporter edited himself on the use of the f-word but didn’t edit himself on the use of the n-word. That garnered CNN and the reporter a bit of criticism because it seemed the reporter was not comfortable saying a profanity on the air, but he’s OK saying arguably the most offensive word in the English language, the n-word.

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