Simon & Schuster has cancelled the publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book, and his fellow Breitbart employees have reportedly threatened to quit if he is not fired.
A statement from the publisher late on Monday said: “After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”
Yiannopoulos confirmed the report on Facebook with a post: “They canceled my book.”
He added: “I’ve gone through worse. This will not defeat me.”
The book was reportedly secured for an advance of US$250,000 (£200,000) and was to be published by Simon & Schuster’s conservative imprint, Threshold Editions.
According to Yiannopoulos’ Facebook page, the book – an autobiography titled Dangerous – was due out on 13 June.
The American Conservative Union rescinded its invitation to Yiannopoulos to speak at its annual CPac conference over the footage.
The Washingtonian also reported that employees at Breitbart in the US, where he is a senior editor, were threatening to quit if Yiannopoulos were not fired.
In a video posted to his Facebook page on Monday afternoon, Yiannopoulos said, of reports that he had endorsed child abuse, that “nothing could be further from the truth”.
“I find those crimes to be absolutely disgusting. I find those people to be absolutely disgusting.”
He did not contest the recording but said his comments were “stupidly worded” and that it had been edited to remove context.
“In most cases – you guys know – if I say something outrageous or offensive, in most cases my only regret is that I didn’t piss off more people, but in this case if I could do it again I wouldn’t phrase things the same way. Because it’s led to confusion.”
Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter in July 2016 for instigating abuse of the Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones.