Milo Yiannopoulos leaves Breitbart will start his own media company
Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos announced today at a press conference in New York, his resignation from the far-right news website Tuesday after a firestorm over his comments in which he appeared to condone pedophilia.
“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved. They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would have otherwise never have heard them,” he said in a statement.
“They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there,” Yiannopoulos, 33, continued. “I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately.”
Yiannopolous, exit comes a day after his planned address at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference was canceled after the president of the group sponsoring the event gave him the boot for allegedly advocating pedophilia.
“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation of Milo to speak at the Conservative Political Action conference,” American Conservative Union president Matt Schlapp said Monday in a statement on Twitter.
The comments came during a New York press conference in which he explained why he is stepping down from the far-right media outlet, saying the decision “mine alone.”
Yiannopoulos added that he plans to start a new, “independently funded” media venture and expects his book, “Dangerous,” will come out, after being cancelled by Simon & Schuster, citing interest from other publishers.
“The book will come out this year as planned, with perhaps an additional chapter,” he said before adding that he plans to donate 10 percent of proceeds to child abuse charities.
“I look forward to making you all laugh, cry and think for many, many decades to come,” Yiannopoulos added.
The far-right firebrand said he doesn’t intend to go “head to head” with Breitbart but will continue similar work under a different banner, explaining he has already received “preliminary funding” for his new venture.
Things began to unravel on Sunday, when a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos said some relationships between adults and 13-year-olds are consensual. He also joked that being molested had made him good at performing certain sex acts. His comments have resulted in being uninvited to speak at CPAC, Simon & Schuster canceling his book deal, a book that was #1 on the Amazon.com list and set to be released in March. Then today, he completed his fall from the good graces of some in the conservative movement by stepping down as Breitbart News’ tech editor.
Yiannopolous will start over and likely continue to be successful just in another format.
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