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Bill Maher Reveals Why He Removed Episode with Kanye West

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Bill Maher decided not to air a two-hour episode with Kanye West due to concerns about West’s anti-Semitic views potentially fueling hatred against Jewish people, referring to West as a “charming anti-Semite.”

Maher expressed worries about West influencing young audiences with limited knowledge about the Middle East and Jewish people.

West “appeals mostly, of course, he’s a rock star, to young people. They don’t know much and they certainly don’t know much about the Middle East or Jews,” Maher said.

Maher believed the episode could have been a learning opportunity but chose not to air it to avoid contributing to spreading such views.

West “was helpful for spreading the fertilizer, and I do mean fertilizer, for this idea that Israel and the Jews are like the worst people in the world,” Maher said.

“And by the way, he’s not the only one in America who feels that way,” he said. “It’s not like the Jews are universally loved, except for Kanye West, OK?”

Many might been “thinking what [Kanye West] was thinking” regarding Jews, “but in Kanye’s case, the fact that he’s saying it out loud gives other people permission to say it too,” TMZ’s Harvey Levin said.

“Yes. Exactly,” Maher said. “That’s why I wouldn’t air that episode. Because I’m not going to contribute to this.”

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