Guest Cancels Appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher” After Bill Invites Milo Yiannopoulos

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Just hours after it was revealed that right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos was going to a guest on the HBO late-night series “Real Time With Bill Maher,” another guest decided to cancel his appearance. More specifically, journalist Jeremy Scahill made the decision not to appear on the show.

Jeremy posted a lengthy explanation behind his decision to cancel his appearance on Twitter. “He has ample venues to spew his hateful diatribes. There is no value in debating him. Appearing on Real Time will provide Yiannopoulos with a large, important platform to openly advocate his racist, anti-immigrant campaign. … Yiannopoulos’s appearance could also be used to incite violence against immigrants, transgender people, and others at a time when the Trump Administration is already seeking to formalize a war against some of the most vulnerable people in our society. … I cannot participate in an event that will give a platform to such a person,” wrote Jeremy in his statement.

After seeing Scahill’s statement, Maher decided to defend his decision to invite Milo onto the show. “My comments on Islam have never veered into vitriol. Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech. If Mr. Yiannopoulos is indeed the monster Scahill claims – and he might be – nothing could serve the liberal cause better than having him exposed on Friday night,” said Maher in his statement.