Ben Shapiro apologises to Andrew Neil after cutting interview short and admits BBC star ‘destroyed’ him

‘It’s Neil 1, Shapiro 0,’ says controversial pundit

Zamira Rahim@ZamiraRahim
Tuesday 04 June 2019 09:18
Ben Shapiro accuses Andrew Neil of being 'on the left'

Ben Shapiro, the controversial US political commentator, has admitted that BBC journalist Andrew Neil “destroyed” him in an interview which aired in the UK on Friday.

Mr Neil challenged the right-wing pundit’s views on abortion, the tenor of political debates and the Middle East before Mr Shapiro cut the interview short in frustration.

The journalist pointed out that Mr Shapiro had previously said Jews who voted for Barack Obama were “Jews in name only” and that “Israelis like to build, Arabs like to bomb crap”.

Mr Neil also asked Mr Shapiro about his support for hardline abortion restrictions in the US, which enraged the commentator, who eventually gave up on the interview.

“Frankly, I find this whole thing a waste of time,” he said.

“You can think whatever you want of me, frankly, I don’t care.

“I don’t frankly give a damn what you think of me since I’ve never heard of you.”

Before he ended the exchange, the pundit also accused Mr Neil of being “of the left”, which appeared to leave the presenter, a former editor of The Sunday Times, baffled.

On Thursday Mr Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor, acknowledged that he had been unprepared for the interview and unfamiliar with the presenter’s work.

“As I’m not familiar with him or his work, I misinterpreted his antagonism as political Leftism (he termed the pro-life position in America “barbaric”) – and that was apparently inaccurate,” the pundit wrote on Twitter. “For that I apologise.”

After the interview aired on Friday he attempted to poke fun at the exchange.

“[Andrew Neil] DESTROYS Ben Shapiro! So that’s what that feels like,” he tweeted.

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The joke references the titles of a series of YouTube videos which purport to show Mr Shapiro “destroying” fellow commentators in debates.

“Broke my own rule, and wasn’t properly prepared,” he added, posting a link to an article supposedly addressing the issues Mr Neil had raised.

“Still, it’s Neil 1, Shapiro 0.”

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