By Maureen Lee Lenker
October 26, 2017 at 08:32 PM EDT
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In the wake of sexual harassment allegations against political journalist Mark Halperin, Penguin has announced it is halting plans to publish a book co-authored by Halperin about the 2016 election.

Due in April 2018 and co-written by John Heilemann, the book was intended to be the next installment in the Game Change franchise; the two previously wrote a 2010 book titled Game Change about the 2008 presidential election, which HBO turned into a movie.

“In light of the recent news regarding Mark Halperin, the Penguin Press has decided to cancel our plans to publish a book he was co-authoring on the 2016 election,” the company said in a statement.

The news comes just hours after HBO announced plans to halt development on a series which was to be based on the book.

Since the allegations became public Wednesday night on CNN, Halperin has stepped away from his role as a political analyst at MSNBC and will not return until “questions about his past conduct are fully understood,” according to a statement from NBC. Halperin released a statement to CNN on Wednesday, saying, “During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me. I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize.”