Yiannopoulos to Appear on 'Real Time with Bill Maher' After Berkeley Riot

HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher has booked the controversial hard-right figure as a guest on his February 17 episode.

What makes their upcoming Friday conversation even more noteworthy is that Yiannopoulos is going to be the top-of-the-show guest, which means there's no panel to get between Milo and Maher. He has been on a speaking tour of college campuses, bringing a wave of protests to each stop, notably at U.C. Berkeley where his appearance was canceled.

"He has many venues to spew his hateful diatribes", Scahill wrote.

Scahill has appeared on "Real Time" multiple times and has served as a correspondent for the show. Appearing on Real Time will provide Yiannopoulos with a large, important platform to openly advocate his racist, anti-immigrant campaign.

Schahill said he respects Maher's show as an arena for debate and discussion but called Yiannopoulous "many bridges too far".

HBO had no immediate comment.

Following the riot over his appearance at UC Berkeley, MILO noted to Fox News host Tucker Carlson that "The media has created this environment in which it's okay to say nearly anything about somebody who is right of Jane Fonda".

MILO has rejected both the claim that he is alt-right and has denounced "racism or white supremacy" repeatedly. Last year Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter after taking part in harassing messages targeting Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.

He has a forthcoming book, "Dangerous", to be published by a Simon & Schuster imprint geared to conservatives. "Free speech should be something we own".

  • Salvatore Jensen