Milo Yiannopoulos, an Internet writer who oftentimes veers into homophobic and sexist content, resigned from Breitbart on Tuesday afternoon in the continued aftermath of unearthed videos seemingly showing Yiannopoulos condoning pedophilia. The videos have caused Yiannopoulos to lose a speaking slot at the Conservative Political Action Conference and a book deal with Simon and Schuster.
Yiannopoulos held a press conference at 3 P.M. ET on Tuesday, but released a statement announcing his resignation several minutes beforehand. “It would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effectively immediately. This decision is mine alone.”
At the press conference, Yiannopoulos spoke about his personal history as a gay man and survivor of child abuse and said of the clips, “I’ve reviewed the tapes that appeared last night in their proper full context and I don’t believe they say what is being reported.” However, he did add that, “Nonetheless I do say some things on the tapes that I do not mean and which do not reflect my views.”
Yiannopoulos largely spoke of himself as a victim in the press conference but did say, “I am certainly guilty of imprecise language, which I regret.” Of his Dangerous book, he said that it “has received interest from publishers” and will be released this year. Yiannopoulos also said that 10% of the proceeds would be donated to child sex abuse charities.
Yiannopoulos touched on his past as a tech journalist, but said that he has since become “a performer with millions of fans in America and beyond.” Even though Yiannopoulos was technically a technology editor at Breitbart, he spent most of his time writing about politics. Of his future, the entertainer said he would be launching a new media group and live tour soon.
The comments rankled Breitbart which partially rode to higher fame with Yiannopoulos’s provocative comments. Fox Business reported that Breitbart viewed Yiannopoulos’s status as a business decision, viewing how much traffic he brought in versus how much advertising would be lost if he was kept on. Alex Marlow, the editor-in-chief of Breitbart News, said on the outlet’s Sirius XM channel that the comments were “not defensible.” However, Marlow did not discuss the outlet’s plans with Yiannopoulos at that time.