Jeremy Scahill, the founding editor of the online publication The Intercept, announced on Wednesday that he’s refusing to appear on Friday’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher because of Milo Yiannopoulos.
Maher invited Yiannopoulos onto the program for an interview, meanwhile Scahill was slated to be a panelist during a round table. Scahill took to social media to let his fans know of his decision to sit this one out.
“Today I saw the news that Milo Yiannopoulos is scheduled to be the lead guest on Friday’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher,” Scahill wrote. “I was already scheduled to be a panelist on the program that same evening, along with Larry Wilmore and Jack Kingston. I have decided that I will not be appearing on the show.”
He continued stating that he has the utmost respect for Maher, the producers, and writers of the show, but that it was a lost cause to try to debate Yiannopoulos.
“Whatever one might say about Bill [Maher], he always allows guests to challenge him or disagree with him. But Milo Yiannopoulos is many bridges too far. 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. It will be exploited by Yiannopoulos in an attempt to legitimize his hateful agenda.”
Scahill acknowledged that Real Time has the right to book whoever they want, he’s just not going to take part in it.
Yiannopoulos, who recently made headlines when his event at UC-Berkeley was canceled due to violent protesters, said about his upcoming appearance, “It’s not me who should be afraid. It’s them.”
He continued. “I travel with impenetrable layers of armor everywhere I go. They’re called facts, reason, logic and a sense of humor. And bodyguards, of course. Hot ones.”
Read Scahill’s full social media post about why he’s not appearing on Real Time:
Why I will not appear this week on Real Time with Bill Maher. pic.twitter.com/SOoE3udrDr— jeremy scahill (@jeremyscahill) February 15, 2017