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What made this Iranian TV host lose his job?

A young state TV host is fired from his job after he criticized one of the most outspoken cinema critics of Iran.

Name-calling and thinly veiled insults on the screen are no novelty for Iran's state broadcaster, but a recent feud between the country’s harshest film critic and a sharp-tongued talk show host has spilled to other media outlets, causing the show to go off-air.

The controversy started Nov. 30, when Arash Zellipour, the young TV host of “I and You,” a one-on-one interview show, decided to take on Masoud Farasati, arguably Iran’s most-feared film critic.

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