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Steve Bannon New Yorker Festival interview pulled following backlash & cancellations


The New Yorker Festival has cancelled a headlining talk with former Donald Trump chief strategist and Breitbart founder Steve Bannon following backlash, and a series of cancellations from people on the lineup. New Yorker publisher David Remnick wrote a memo to staff, saying that he’d “changed his mind” about doing the interview:

I don’t want well-meaning readers and staff members to think that I’ve ignored their concerns. I’ve thought this through and talked to colleagues – and I’ve re-considered. I’ve changed my mind. There is a better way to do this. Our writers have interviewed Steve Bannon for The New Yorker before, and if the opportunity presents itself I’ll interview him in a more traditionally journalistic setting as we first discussed, and not on stage.

Read Remnick’s memo in full below.

UPDATE: Remnick made an additional statement to readers about cancelling the interview, which you can read in full below as well.

Prior to the memo’s release, Judd Apatow, John Mulaney, Jack Antonoff, Patton Oswalt, and Jim Carey each took to twitter to drop off the festival. Read their tweets below.

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