TIME

What happens to big-league books when scandal knocks

O’Reilly has not yet lost his book publisher, unlike others embroiled in scandalous accusations

THIS TIME LAST YEAR, MILO YIANNOPOULOS HAD a reported six-figure book deal to air out his controversial far-right views. And then, very publicly, he didn’t. In February, Simon & Schuster canceled Dangerous after Yiannopoulos’ more inflammatory comments—including one in which he appeared to defend pedophilia—pushed over the edge a public that had already been agitating. Ten months later, he has sued his publisher—and found himself surrounded by new pariahs.

Yiannopoulos is part of a trend of writers being scrapped by their publishers over matters of personal accountability. In October, Hachette announced that it would discontinue its Weinstein Books imprint, absorbing the titles published by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein into another imprint. The same month, Penguin Random House canceled Mark Halperin’s book about the 2016 election after allegations of sexual harassment against Halperin emerged.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from TIME

TIME2 min read
How Does The SAT’s New ‘Adversity Score’ Actually Work?
SAT SCORES WILL SOON MEASURE MORE than just a teenager’s math and verbal skills: the College Board, the nonprofit organization that oversees the admissions test, announced May 16 that it’s prepping the broad rollout of a new “adversity score” program
TIME9 min read
From Memes To Music Stars
IN 2017, A LITTLE-KNOWN RAPPER NAMED SUPA DUPA HUMBLE RELEASED his song “Steppin’” to a muted response. He moved on to other projects, but a year and a half later, he noticed a surge in the song’s view count on YouTube. As he scrolled through the com
TIME21 min read
Alex Morgan Strikes Back
ON A DRIZZLY SPRING EVENING IN New York City, Alex Morgan fixes her gaze on the golf ball at her feet, cocks her arms and then propels them forward with effortless power. The ball leaps off the tee and sails toward the netting between the tee and the