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BlazeTV breaks off relationship with founder of the Proud Boys

Far-right activist and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes is no longer working with BlazeTV after less than a week with the conservative network.

The company announced Saturday in a tweet that McInnes was no longer with the company, but added that it would not comment on personnel matters. McInnes has been at the center of controversy for weeks over his role in the right-wing organization known as the Proud Boys, which was accused of assaulting left-leaning protesters in New York City.

"Blaze Media no longer has a relationship with Gavin McInnes, and per company policy, cannot comment on personnel matters," the company tweeted.

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McInnes's relationship with Blaze Media began on Monday, when he joined BlazeTV to host "Get Off My Lawn," a show similar to his podcast of the same name.

The Proud Boys founder was described as a "provocateur" by the company's co-president Gaston Mooney in a statement to CNN, who called McInnes "one of the many varied voices and viewpoints on Blaze Media platforms.”

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McInnes, who has since disavowed the Proud Boys, was denied a visa for a speaking tour in Australia due to "bad character" last month and has faced criticism after two members of his former group were arrested over their suspected roles in chasing down and beating protesters last month in Manhattan.

The FBI said Friday that it does not consider McInnes's former group to be an extremist group, contradicting statements made by a law enforcement official in Washington state last month.

Blaze Media was formed following this month's merger of Glenn Beck's The Blaze and Conservative Review's CRTV.