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Updated: May 01, 2016

Larry Wilmore called President Obama the N-word

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: (AFP OUT) President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner on April 30, 2016 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, DC. This is President Obama's eighth and final White House Correspondents' Association dinner (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

President Obama delivered a pointed and entertaining speech during his final White House Correspondents' Dinner as president.

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He finished by poking fun at each of the presidential candadates still running in the 2016 race, saying "And with that, I just have two more words to say: 'Obama Out.'"

But despite his dramatic mic drop, another moment during the so-called Nerd Prom gained mixed responses from the crowd. 

Comedian and host of "The Nightly Show" Larry Wilmore dropped a bomb when he referred to the president using the controversial N-word.

“I’m going to keep it 100," Wilmore said before pounding his chest. "Yo Barry, you did it, my (expletive.)”

While the president didn't seem offended, putting his hand to his chest endearingly and giving Wilmore a hug, many social media users took to Twitter to voice outrage and confusion.

Others weren't bothered by the comment.

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke out against Wilmore's use of the word.

"Many of us are against using the N-word, period," Sharpton said at MSNBC's afterparty following the event. "But to say that to the President of the United States in front of the top people in media was at best in poor taste."

Wilmore made other race-related jokes earlier in his speech.

“As long as he keeps being black, I’m good,” Wilmore said, adding that he voted for the president because of their shared race.

He started with this: "Welcome to Negro Night here, or as they say at Fox, ‘two thugs disrupting an elegant dinner’ in Washington."

And then: "Some of America’s finest black journalists are here tonight. Don Lemon is here too." 

Then there was this: "A little bit about me: I am a black man who replaced a white man who pretended to be a TV newscaster. So in that way, Lester Holt and I have a lot in common."

And this: "Hillary Clinton was flustered when a Black Lives Matters, protester challenged her. Man, whoa, I haven’t seen a white lady being that upset about being blindsided by a black person since Kelly Ripa," Wilmore joked.

"You guys are tough, man!" the comedian said to the audience at one point.

He finished on a more serious note.

"When I was a kid, I lived in a country where people couldn't accept a black quarterback. Now think about that: A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now, to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world." 

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