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Kanye West's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"-Style Show in Jeopardy

October 3, 2008 12:15 PM ET

Does HBO care about black people? The answer is no, according to Borat and Religulous director Larry Charles, who was slated to helm a Kanye West show similar to the HBO hit Curb Your Enthusiasm for the cable network. In an interview with ComingSoon.net, Charles implied the improvised show has been shelved, though a pilot has been shot. "What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, 'I'm the black Larry David,' " Charles said. "[The new show] was really good, but again I think it was too hardcore for HBO. ... HBO doesn't have a good track record when it comes to black shows and I felt like that may have had something to do with it also. I don't see a lot of shows about that experience at all."

Charles also gave an update on his other music-related projects: According to the director, the film version of Motley Crue's The Dirt is in limbo. "They've killed people, they've hurt people, they've crippled people, they've done all kinds of crazy things. You'd have to show that for real and I think there was a little bit of reticence about doing that ultimately," he said. Charles is, however, still working on a Rick Rubin/Owen Wilson collaboration.

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