LeBron James’ Show “The Shop” Won’t Air Kanye West Episodes Citing “Hate Speech”

“The Shop,” a talk show starring LeBron James, will not air an episode taped with Kanye West, following several anti-and offensive comments by the rapper on social media in recent days.

The show, which previously aired on HBO, now airs on YouTube. It is produced by James’ Springhill Entertainment & Production Company, which is run by CEO Maverick Carter, who also stars on the show.

“Yesterday we taped an episode of ‘The Shop’ with Kanye West,” Carter said in a statement to CBS News on Thursday. “Kanye was booked weeks in advance and, after speaking to Kanye directly the day before taping, I was confident he was able to have a respectful discussion and that he was ready to address all of his recent comments. “

“Unfortunately, he used ‘The Shop’ to repeat more hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes,” Carter said, adding that he “decided not to air this episode or any of Kanye’s comments. “

West, who changed his name to Yeh, has not commented publicly on the decision. CBS News has contacted representatives for the West.

Earlier this week, West made a threat that he would “death”. [sic] Thief 3″ on the Jewish people. He was immediately out of his account “Due to a violation of Twitter’s policies,” according to Twitter, although the company did not specify.

west was Instagram. banned fromAfter posting a screenshot of a text exchange with Sean “Diddy” Combs in which he suggested that Combs was being controlled by Jews.

The rapper received widespread backlash for those posts and others. he also wore one Controversial “White Lives Matter” shirt At her Paris fashion show earlier this month. The phrase “White Lives Matter” emerged as “a racist”. response to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2015″, and has been adopted and promoted by white supremacist groups and sympathizers, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Carter said in his statement, “While The Shop embraces thoughtful discourse and divergent opinions, we have zero tolerance for hate speech of any kind and will never use our channels to promote hate. Will give.” “I take full responsibility for believing that Kanye wanted a different conversation and apologized to his guests and crew. Hate speech should never be an audience.”

The format of “The Shop” is a casual talk show, meant to mimic the discussions that take place in barbershops. Each episode features a group of guests who have a moderate discussion, often involving James and Carter. James West was not at the taping of the episode.

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