"I said some things on those Internet live streams that were simply wrong," he said Tuesday.
He also said that he had been sexually abused as a child.
Yiannopoulos' resignation comes one day after he lost both a prominent speaking gig at a conservative meeting and a book deal.
As The Two Way reported:
"First, Monday afternoon the American Conservative Union rescinded its invitation to the right-wing provocateur — noted for his political posts on the Internet — to speak at its annual Conservative Political Action Conference this upcoming weekend. Then, a few hours later, Simon & Schuster announced that it was canceling the publication of Yiannopoulos' upcoming book, Dangerous.
"These actions come in the wake of a social media backlash against Yiannopoulos after the conservative news outlet The Reagan Battalion tweeted videos on Sunday in which Yiannopoulos appears to condone statutory rape and sexual relationships between boys and men."
Yiannopoulos had tried to clarify his comments Monday on Facebook, defending his remarks and referencing his own sexual history while also blaming his own "sloppy phrasing" and "deceptive" video editing.
He said Tuesday that other publishers had expressed interest in his book, and that he expected it to be published this year. He also said he was founding an "independently funded media venture" and would be going on a "live tour in the coming weeks," including appearances on college campuses.
Earlier this month, a Yiannopoulos speaking engagement at the University of California, Berkeley was canceled after students protests turned violent.
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