The “Dilbert” comic strip is being removed by several newspapers across the US after creator Scott Adams said last week that white people should “get the f— away” from Black people.

Gannett, which is the largest newspaper publisher in the US, announced it will no longer run the workplace comic “effective immediately.”

“Recent discriminatory comments by the creator, Scott Adams, have influenced our decision to discontinue publishing his comic. While we respect and encourage free speech, his views do not align with our editorial or business values as an organization,” the USA Today Network said in a statement Saturday to The New York Post.

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“At Gannett, we lead with inclusion and strive to maintain a respectful and equitable environment for the diverse communities we serve nationwide.”

In the latest episode of his podcast, posted on Friday, Adams reacted to the move against Dilbert, “Was it something I said?”

“There’s never been a better time to be alive,” Adams says in the intro. “. . .Has anybody noticed anything in the news about me lately?”

Talking about his name trending on Twitter, Adams said: “Oh no, my enemies are sending me lots of energy. Oh no, what will I do with all of that attention?”

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Who is Scott Adams?

Scott Adams was born in 1957 in Windham, New York. He is the son of Paul and Virginia Adams. He is of half-German descent and also has English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Dutch, and a small amount of Native American ancestry.

He was a fan of Peanuts comics while growing up, and started drawing comics at age 6. He won a drawing competition at age 11. Adams graduated as the valedictorian from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in 1975.

He is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, and business. He gained prominence during the downsizing period in 1990s America.

Adams married Shelly Miles on July 22, 2006, in San Francisco Bay. The two had met at a gym in Pleasanton, California, where Miles was an employee and Adams was a customer. Adams was stepfather to Miles’ two children, Savannah and Justin. The two got divorced in 2014.