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The New Yorker has rescinded its invitation to former White House strategist Steve Bannon to its festival after stars like Jim Carrey Judd Apatow John Mulaney and Patton Oswalt said they were pulling out in protest

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has been dropped from the lineup of the New Yorker Festival after several celebrities denounced his participation.

Other high-profile festival speakers, such as John Mulaney and Judd Apatow, threatened to pull out of their scheduled appearances if Bannon was headlining.

It's nearly been two decades since the first New Yorker festival that features celebrity panels offering their own, unique views on issues, but this year someone won't be appearing.

David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, announced the news in an email to the magazine's staff on Monday.

UPDATE: Remnick made an additional statement to readers about cancelling the interview, which you can read in full below as well. "The audience itself, by its presence, puts a certain pressure on a conversation that an interview alone doesn't do".

'I've thought this through and talked to colleagues - and I've re-considered.

Ben Stiller is not scheduled to be a part of the fest but wanted in on pulling out anyway, writing "I totally was available to fill in when everyone dropped out but would have so quickly said no f-ing way if they had asked, but now it's all moot, so never mind".

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The New Yorker's announcement on Bannon came earlier Monday and was denounced by Roxane Gay, Jessica Valenti and many others. Bridget Everett tweeted that she's out if Bannon is in, Jimmy Fallon simply wrote "I'm Out", and Mike Birbiglia and Bo Burnham also let it be known that they would not participate. This is PT Barnum level horses. And it was announced on a weekend just before tix went on sale'.

"But Bannon has already exerted enormous impact on Trump; his rhetoric, ideas, and tactics are evident in much of what this President does and says and intends", he added.

Explaining the decision, New Yorker editor David Remnick said that "to interview Bannon is not to endorse him".

Quoting the magazine's founder, James Wilson, Beddoes described how its longstanding mission was to take part in "a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress". Did the New Yorker do the right thing?

"The main argument for not engaging someone like Bannon is that we are giving him a platform and that he will use it, unfiltered, to propel further the "ideas" of white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, and illiberalism", Remnick wrote in the statement.

Now, I'm under no illusion that a tough interview with David Remnick would change Steve Bannon's mind, but I am of the opinion that more understanding about the world is always better than less.

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