NEW YORK – Facing widespread outrage from celebrity participants, The New Yorker has dropped plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival next month.
New Yorker editor David Remnick told the Associated Press in a statement Monday that should he interview Bannon in the future, it would be in “a more traditionally journalistic setting.”
Donald Trump’s former chief strategist was supposed to be a featured guest during the prestigious gathering, which over the years has drawn some of the world’s most prominent artists.
The announcement of Bannon’s participation was made earlier Monday and quickly denounced. Filmmaker Judd Apatow and comedians Jimmy Fallon, Jim Carrey and Patton Oswalt, among others, tweeted that they would not attend if Bannon was interviewed.
“If Steve Bannon is at the New Yorker festival I am out,” Apatow wrote. “I will not take part in an event that normalizes hate. … Maybe they should read their own reporting about his ideology.”
“Bannon? And me? On the same program?” Carrey tweeted. “Could never happen.”
“I’m out,” Oswalt posted. “See if Milo Yiannopoulos is free?“
The 2018 festival runs Oct. 5-7. The official schedule no longer lists Bannon.
Contributing: The Associated Press and Kim Willis
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