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Bill Maher Defends His Decision To Book Milo Yiannopoulos After Another Guest Cancels

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The vote was pretty split yesterday when we asked our Perezcious readers to weigh in on whether Bill Maher should give trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos such a large platform to spew hate.

ICYMI, the right-wing provocateur is set to appear on Real Time With Bill Maher this Friday — and in response fellow guest and The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill cancelled his scheduled appearance the same day in protest.

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Addressing all the controversy, the 61-year-old TV host said in a statement:

"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."

Guess we'll have to find out!

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