Real Time with Bill Maher is taking on alternative facts. While John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight ponders reality in its relative state, Bill Maher will try to keep it real with and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. The conservative provocateur whose speech at UC Berkeley was cancelled after protests will appear as a guest on Real Time on Friday.
Yiannopoulos, who has made speeches against Islam, political correctness and feminism, was on a speaking tour of college campuses when protesters barred his appearance at the California college last month, resulting in riots.
“I guess we’ll be putting on extra security,” Maher said in a statement. “I’ve been a longtime critic of colleges shutting people up. Free speech should be something we own.”
Yiannopoulos is a leading voice of the far right variety of alt, which the Anti-Defamation League says peddles “implicit or explicit racism or white supremacy.” Yiannopoulos was permanently banned by Twitter in 2016 for harassing Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones.
“He’s a provocateur. He’s been thrown off Twitter — that’s how bad he is,” Maher said on the February 3 episode of Real Time.
Yiannopoulos appeared on Fox News to talk about being silenced by resistance. Yiannopoulos’s memoir Dangerous, which was due to be published by Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions imprint on March 14, has been delayed until June so he can include a chapter on the recent student protests.
Real Time with Bill Maher will continue its controversial programming by bringing on actress and Scientology whistleblower Leah Remini as Friday’s mid-show guest.
Maher’s panel will include the former host of The Nightly Show, veteran comedy writer Larry Wilmore, Intercept Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Scahill, and former Republican congressman and President Trump supporter Jack Kingston.