Steve Bannon is stepping aside from his position as executive chairman of Breitbart News.
“Bannon and Breitbart will work together on a smooth and orderly transition,” the website said Tuesday.
“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 said in a statement.
Bannon returned to Breitbart News in August, after his high-profile departure from the White House, where he served as a key advisor to President Donald Trump.
Bannon has been under attack since last week, when excerpts from Michael Wolff’s new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, began appearing. Bannon is quoted heavily in the book, and attracted fire from the White House for questioning Donald Trump Jr. and his decision to meet with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower, which he called “treasonous.”
“I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,” Bannon said in part on Sunday.
Bannon’s statement came a few days after President Trump released his own statement bashing Bannon and saying that he “lost his mind” when he left the White House.
Bannon also lost the backing of conservative mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, who put out a statement saying that she hasn’t talked to him in months and doesn’t condone “his recent actions and statements.” The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Mercer “forced” Bannon out.
He also received flak for supporting Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate contest. Moore was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones in a race that national political prognosticators said was easily winnable for Republicans.
Bannon recently returned to SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel, on which Breitbart News hosts daily radio shows. Bannon’s departure at Breitbart means that he will no longer be hosting on SiriusXM, as the radio platform’s programming deal is with Breitbart and not Bannon personally.