Following the fallout from Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, which quoted the former White House insider blasting President Trump, his family and advisors, Steve Bannon is stepping down from his post as executive chairman at conservative news site Breitbart.
According to The New York Times, Rebekah Mercer, a financial backer and board member at the publication, forced his ousting. As Bannon left the publication last year for a post as chief strategist inside the White House, he liquidated his financial stake in the operation, ultimately leaving him in a vulnerable position upon his return.
Following the publication of Fire and Fury, Bannon attempted an apology, claiming he was misquoted and taken out of context in Wolff’s book. However, those associated with the right-wing publication ultimately chose the president over their former editorial leader.
In an announcement on the Breitbart website, Bannon stated: “I’m proud of what the Breitbart team has accomplished in so short a period of time in building out a world-class news platform.”
Bannon, who became closely associated with the core editorial message of the website after the death of its founder, Andrew Breitbart, in 2012, is reportedly working with the publication for a smooth transition.