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Newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was at the center of a firestorm Thursday when The New Yorker published an online story recounting critical and vulgar comments he made the night before to journalist Ryan Lizza.
Scaramucci, who told journalists aboard Air Force One Friday morning that it’s “better not to comment on the story,” has now dropped out of this weekend’s Politicon conference in Pasadena, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
A Politicon statement read: “While Anthony Scaramucci decided to cancel his scheduled appearance at Politicon this year, the beauty of Politicon is that we have dozens of huge names that political junkies will love, from Chelsea Handler, James Carville, America Ferrera, Cenk Uygur, and Rob Reiner to Ann Coulter, Roger Stone, Tomi Lahren, Ben Shapiro, and Ana Navarro. At least now we don’t have to worry about violating any local obscenity laws!”
He was scheduled to appear on several panels throughout the conference, including a Saturday afternoon session titled “Anthony Scaramucci ‘Splains” and moderated by former MSNBC host Touré.
“Anthony Scaramucci is the entrepreneur with vast foreign experience who founded SkyBridge Capital, a New Yorker who was a 2008 fundraiser for Barack Obama,” the session description reads. “He’s also a Trump supporter and just-named White House Communications Director, and he explains why we need Trump and what we miss when we refuse to listen.”
As recently as Thursday, a local news outlet reported that Scaramucci would still be attending the conference. He likely would have been the most-watched political figure at the conference.
On Friday morning, Touré tweeted: “On Saturday at Politicon I will have the honor of interviewing @Scaramucci and leading a town hall where everyone can ask questions. Fun!”
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