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Bill Maher guest cancels, citing Yiannopoulos booking

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/16/2017
This April 8, 2016 photo released by HBO shows Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher," during a broadcast of the show in Los Angeles. Controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos will join Maher on his political talk show on Friday, Feb. 17. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP) © The Associated Press This April 8, 2016 photo released by HBO shows Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher," during a broadcast of the show in Los Angeles. Controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos will join Maher on his political talk show on Friday, Feb. 17. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A journalist is refusing to appear on Bill Maher's show because of his objections to another guest, conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at the Mathematics building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Yiannopoulos will appear on the HBO political series, "Real Time with Bill Maher," on Friday, Feb. 17. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Milo Yiannopoulos speaks at the Mathematics building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Yiannopoulos will appear on the HBO political series, "Real Time with Bill Maher," on Friday, Feb. 17. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File)

Jeremy Scahill posted a statement Wednesday on Twitter explaining why he won't be on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" this week.

Scahill said Yiannopoulos has ample venues to spew what he called his "hateful diatribes" and said there's no value in debating him.

HBO confirmed that Scahill, co-founding editor of The Intercept news website, won't be appearing on the show Friday as planned.

Yiannopoulos writes for Breitbart News, considered by many a platform for the so-called "alt-right" movement, an offshoot of conservatism that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism.

In an email to The Associated Press, Yiannopoulos said that "public shaming and grandstanding" won't work anymore.

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