Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on Tuesday resigned from Breitbart News after a video resurfaced where he appeared to defend pedophilia, sparking outcry among liberals and conservatives alike.
“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved,” Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart senior editor, said in a statement.
“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. This decision is mine alone,” he added.
“They have allowed me to carry conservative and libertarian ideas to communities that would otherwise never have heard them. They have been a significant factor in my success. I’m grateful for that freedom and for the friendships I forged there.”
Yiannopoulos will be holding a press conference in New York City at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.