“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,” Rogen tweeted (see it below). “Apologies to the shows I had to cancel. And f*ck Steve Bannon.”
Rogen is currently appearing in – and a producer of – James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.
Earlier this week, SiriusXM announced a “major expansion” of the Breitbart News Network’s radio programming, with Breitbart exec chairman Bannon returning as a regular host with Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow on the conservative Patriot channel. Bannon’s gig started December 5.
Following Rogen’s cancellation, SiriusXM released this statement: “Since its inception, SiriusXM has promised to deliver a diversity of opinions and viewpoints, from conservative to progressive to everything in between. 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,” SiriusXM spokesperson Patrick Reilly said in a statement to EW. “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.”