Kanye West's episode of LeBron James' YouTube show won't air because he used his interview 'to reiterate more hate speech'

Kanye West's episode of LeBron James' YouTube show won't air because he used his interview 'to reiterate more hate speech'
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  • Kanye West's interview on the YouTube talk show "The Shop" won't air.
  • An executive producer said West used the interview to "reiterate more hate speech."

Kanye West, who now goes by simply "Ye," used a recent interview to "reiterate more hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes," according to the executive producer of the YouTube talk show "The Shop."

Ye's episode of the "The Shop," which is executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James, won't air because of his remarks.

"Yesterday we taped an episode of 'The Shop' with Kanye West," Maverick Carter, another executive producer of the show, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "Kanye was booked weeks ago and, after talking to Kanye directly the day before we taped, I believed he was capable of a respectful discussion and he was ready to address all his recent comments. Unfortunately, he used 'The Shop' to reiterate more hate speech and extremely dangerous stereotypes."

Carter added: "We have made the decision not to air this episode or any of Kanye's remarks. While 'The Shop' embraces thoughtful discourse and differing opinions, we have zero tolerance for hate speech of any kind and will never allow our channels to be used to promote hate. I take full responsibility for believing Kanye wanted a different conversation and apologize to our guests and crew. Hate speech should never have an audience."

West's Instagram and Twitter accounts were locked over the weekend after the platforms removed antisemitic posts from his profiles.


Meta-owned Instagram removed a series of hateful posts before restricting his account. West tweeted on Saturday, "Look at this Mark ... How you gone kick me off instagram," referring to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

BuzzFeed News first confirmed on Sunday that Twitter had locked West's account "due to a violation" of its policies, after it removed a tweet in which West said he would go "death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE."

West had returned to Twitter after a two-year hiatus just two days prior to being locked out.

On Monday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has offered to buy Twitter at $44 billion, tweeted that he had talked to West and "expressed my concerns about his recent tweet, which I think he took to heart."

Vice's Motherboard recently obtained portions of an interview between West and Fox News' Tucker Carlson that were edited out. The edited-out clips feature West making more antisemitic comments, Motherboard reported on Tuesday.