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BBC Radio 1 Cancel Airing of Logan Paul and KSI Interview After Backlash - "We understand your strong views on Logan"

by Calum Patterson

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BBC Radio One have pulled their exclusive interview with KSI and Logan Paul, because they didn't "feel it was right", after backlash from followers on social media.

Radio One is the most popular station in the UK, and had teased the interview on Twitter a few days prior to its scheduled airing on Thursday July 26, where received perhaps unexpected criticizm.

In a now deleted tweet, Radio One teased clips of interview, including Logan saying he is betting $1 million on himself knocking KSI out in the third round, and other fighting talk between the pair.

But, mainly due to Logan Paul's controversial past, many fans of the show were angered that he was being given a platform on the station to promote himself and the fight, which perhaps contributed to the BBC's decision.

Although the BBC have said simply that they did not think the interview was good enough to be aired, this would be a strange change of mind considering their promotion of the interview earlier in the week.

In their statement, they also point to the 'strong views' people have about Logan, hinting that this was involved in their decision making.

The reception to the the announcement has been fairly positive, many particularly pleased that Logan's platform on the popular radio station has been removed.

Much of the distaste people have for Logan Paul comes from his infamous 'Suicide Forest' video from January of 2018.

Paul visited Aokigahara forest in Japan to film for a vlog, where he filmed the corpse of a suicide victim, including the footage in his video.

However, not everyone was happy with the BBC's decision, saying they had caved into pressure, and that they should have aired the interview regardless of backlash.

The fight between the two YouTubers will take place on August 25, and is expected to take place in front of a sell out crowd at the Manchester Arena, with millions more watching the live stream online.

While the Radio One interview would have been significant promotion, it is unlikely to put a significant dent in what will inevitably be a massive occasion regardless.