Bannon out as chairperson of Breitbart News, loses radio show

President Donald Trump | AP

Breitbart announced Tuesday that Bannon would step down from his post as executive chairman of the site, a position he first held between 2012 and August 2016.

Steve Bannon left the White House in August of a year ago to a hero's return at Breitbart News, the far-right news site he helped turn into the leading voice of conservative politics in America.

Bannon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

"We will always be grateful for his contributions, and what he has helped us to accomplish", Solov said. "We will continue doing what we do as well as anybody in the world, and that is report the news". A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Bannon has worked as an investment banker and dabbled in the film industry.

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, in the book, described Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's meeting with a Russian lawyer as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic". "He's used sparingly but by using him, a Bannon acolyte, was done to send clear sent a message that Bannon was officially out", said a former Trump campaign aide.

Trump has lashed out at Bannon for comments made in an explosive new book that questions the president's fitness for office. The move follows a brutal week for Bannon, after President Trump - and Bannon's patrons, the Mercer family - disowned him.

A person familiar with the matter told CNN last week that there was a "hard push" to convince Solov and Susie Breitbart, the widow of the website's founder, to fire Bannon. Sirius said in a statement its programming agreement was with Breitbart, not with Bannon.

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