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 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.