SiriusXM Boycott: Celebrities Up In Arms Over Steve Bannon’s Return
Three celebrities vow to boycott SiriusXM after it announced that Steve Bannon will be hosting the Breitbart News Daily again. The radio show airs on Patriot, a conservative station.
Celebrities Boycott SiriusXM
Days after the subscription radio service made the announcement, Seth Rogen tweeted about his disappointment over the station's decision. The actor said that he can't bring himself to appear on the same service after SiriusXM showed support for Bannon.
He also confirmed that his press tours on the radio service will no longer push through. The actor is currently linked to James Franco's movie, The Disaster Artist, where he is also a producer.
Melissa Etheridge also cut ties with SiriusXM and her involvement in their music channel, Volume. Etheridge has also hosted an interview program titled Melissa's Basement.
Etheridge said that she can no longer, in good conscience, continue appearing on the radio service, knowing that Bannon is also a part of it.
On Sunday, John Leguizamo, also confirmed his decision to boycott the radio service after they hired Bannon.
After facing backlash for its decision, SiriusXM released a statement, saying that it is their goal to showcase diverse opinions and stands on various subjects.
"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," said Patrick Reilly, spokesman for SiriusXM. "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."
Who Is Steve Bannon?
Bannon used to be the chief strategist of President Donald Trump. While he was in the White House, Bannon's hosting job on the Breitbart News Daily was set aside.
Now that he is back on the show, he will be working alongside Alex Marlow and their show is expected to air for three hours from Monday to Friday at 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The Breitbart News Weekend also airs on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. followed by the Breitbart News: Saturday Edition at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breitbart News: Sunday Edition also airs at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
As of late, it is unclear whether or not Bannon will also be part of the weekend programs.
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 f*** Steve Bannon.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 8, 2017