Simon & Schuster is canceling the publication of “Dangerous” by senior Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
Publishers Weekly tweeted Monday afternoon that the company was canceling the book’s publication “after careful consideration.” A public relations representative for the publisher also confirmed the report on Twitter.
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Yiannopoulos confirmed the news on Facebook.
“They canceled my book,” he wrote in a post.
Simon & Schuster signed the book deal with Yiannopoulos at the end of December, according to The Washington Post. The deal spurred controversy as writers threatened to boycott the company over its deal with the controversial figure from the right.
The decision to cancel the book’s publication comes amid controversy over a video in which Yiannopoulos appears to defend pedophilia. The video clip gained traction on social media after a conservative blog shared it Sunday.
In the 2016 video, Yiannopoulos says relationships between older men and young boys can be beneficial.
In addition, employees at Breitbart News are reportedly prepared to leave the company if controversial senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos is not fired.
Another senior editor at the publication said that “at least a half dozen” employees are prepared to leave to organization because of remarks Yiannopoulos made about pedophilia that gained attention this weekend.
“The fact of the matter is that there’s been so many things that have been objectionable about Milo over the last couple of years, quite frankly. This is something far more sinister. If the company isn’t willing to act, there are at least half a dozen people who are willing to walk out over it.”
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