Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who announced his resignation on Tuesday, assured his fans: “Don’t think for a moment that anything that has happened in the last 48 hours will ever stop me from being as offensive, provocative and outrageously funny as I choose, on any subject.”
The comments came during a New York press conference in which he explained why he is stepping down from the far-right media outlet, saying the decision “mine alone.”
Yiannopoulos added that he plans to start a new, “independently funded” media venture and expects his book, “Dangerous,” will come out, after being cancelled by Simon & Schuster, citing interest from other publishers.
“The book will come out this year as planned, with perhaps an additional chapter,” he said before adding that he plans to donate 10 percent of proceeds to child abuse charities.
“I look forward to making you all laugh, cry and think for many, many decades to come,” Yiannopoulos added.
The far-right firebrand said he doesn’t intend to go “head to head” with Breitbart but will continue similar work under a different banner, explaining he has already received “preliminary funding” for his new venture.
On Sunday, a video surfaced in which Yiannopoulos said some relationships between adults and 13-year-olds are consensual. He also joked that being molested had made him good at oral sex. His comments have resulted in being uninvited to speak at CPAC, Simon & Schuster canceling his book deal and stepping down as Breitbart News’ tech editor.
“I started my career as a technology editor who wrote about politics but I have since mutated and grown into something quite different,” he said Tuesday. “I’m now a performer with millions of fans… My full focus is now going to be on entertaining and educating everyone.”
Yiannopoulos — who himself says he was a victim of child molestation — blamed mainstream media for blowing his comments out of proportion, but admitted that he is “horrified by pedophilia” and apologized for “imprecise language.”
“I haven’t ever apologized before and I don’t anticipate ever doing it again,” he said.
Watch the video above.