Seth Rogen Drops SiriusXM Interviews in Protest of Steve Bannon Getting Program
"Apologies to the shows I had to cancel. And f— Steve Bannon," the actor and comedian tweeted.
Seth Rogen on Friday announced via Twitter he was pulling out of interviews on SiriusXM in protest of the company giving Steve Bannon a show.
"I was supposed to do a press tour on @SIRIUSXM on Tuesday but I'm no longer doing it because I can't bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon. Apologies to the shows I had to cancel. And fuck Steve Bannon," the actor and comedian tweeted.
Rogen currently stars in James Franco's Disaster Artist.
It was announced Tuesday that Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, accepted a job as permanent radio host of Breitbart News Daily. On The Patriot channel, the three-hour show is co-hosted with Breitbart News editor in chief Alex Marlow on Sirius XM Radio. The Patriot also features shows from Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. Neither Brietbart nor Bannon has a full-time channel.
Rogen has been an outspoken critic of Trump and often trolls both the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr., on social media.
And Rogen wasn't the only celebrity to speak out against Sirius over Bannon.
Actor John Leguizamo tweeted on Sunday, “Just canceled my #SiriusXM because they hired #Bannon ! No hate mongers! #BoycottSiriusXM.”
Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge said she would ditch Sirius over Bannon.
“After news that @SIRIUSXM has given #SteveBannon a show, I can no longer in good conscience be a part of my show @siriusxmvolume #speaktrue,” she tweeted on Friday.
Not long after Rogen made his announcement, SiriusXM responded.
"Since its inception, SiriusXM has promised to deliver a diversity of opinions and viewpoints, from conservative to progressive to everything in between," spokesman Patrick Reilly said in a statement to THR. "SiriusXM takes no political position of our own across our more than 175 channels, but we are here to provide an open forum no matter where listeners stand on the political spectrum. Free speech is vitally important. We ardently believe that by allowing a virtually unlimited platform of viewpoints, we are doing our best to uphold that core value."
I was supposed to do a press tour on @SIRIUSXM on teusday but I'm no longer doing it because I can't bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon. Apologies to the shows I had to cancel. And fuck Steve Bannon.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 8, 2017
Dec. 11, 1 p.m.: Updated with comments from John Leguizamo and Melissa Etheridge.
Dec. 8, 1 p.m.: This story has been updated with a statement from SiriusXM.