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NBC Sports Network Drops Hunting Show After Host Tony Makris Compares Critics to Hitler (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The NBC Sports Network is dropping the hunting TV show "Under Wild Skies" because the host, NRA lobbyist Tony Makris, compared his critics to Adolf Hitler.

Makris came under fire when he repeatedly shot an elephant in the face while hunting in the African country of Botswana.

After his triumphant kill of the non-threatening animal, Makris and some other hunters celebrated with champagne.

In response, some Americans expressed their outrage via their First Amendment rights, which didn't go over too well with Makris.

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He accused his critics of "animal racism" and added, "And now they're shocked. And they said, 'But [elephants are] so big and special and they're smarter.' And I went, 'You know, Hitler would have said the same thing,'" said Makris, noted MediaMatters.org (video below).

A NBC spokesman told Deadspin.com: “NBCSN will continue to air all of our other quality outdoor programming.”

Elephant hunting in Botswana will be banned 2014.

Source: Deadspin.com and MediaMatters.org