Right-wing commentator Laura Ingraham has taken a week off as host of her Fox News television show after more than a dozen companies said they will pull advertisements via her program.
Among the latest corporations to cut ties with Ingraham were Liberty Mutual, which confirmed to CNBC which the idea doesn’t plans to run anymore ads on her show, as well as Bayer, which made its announcement on social media.
The advertising exodus began Thursday, shortly after Ingraham sent a tweet mocking a survivor of February’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school which left 17 students as well as adults dead.
The student she mocked, 17-year-old David Hogg, has become a prominent figure within the debate over gun policy which has recaptured the national spotlight after the massacre.
“David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied as well as whines about the idea,” Ingraham said within the tweet.
Hogg responded to the slight by calling on his burgeoning Twitter following to contact her top advertisers.
Pet food company Nutrish was the first to announce the idea would likely remove ads via Ingraham’s evening news as well as opinion show, “The Ingraham Angle.” Well over a dozen companies, including TripAdvisor, Hulu as well as Nestle, have followed suit since the social media controversy erupted.
Liberty Mutual told CNBC which CEO David Long addressed Ingraham’s comments with employees on Friday, saying, “These comments are inconsistent with our values as a company, especially when the idea comes to treating others with dignity as well as respect.”
Ingraham sent an apology to Hogg on Thursday in two tweets, after a handful of companies had already announced which they would likely remove their ads via her show.
Ingraham Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @
DavidHogg111. On reflection, within the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland. For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David…(1/2)
Ingraham … immediately after which horrific shooting as well as even noted how “poised” he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion. WATCH: https://youtu.be/K0v7yxczipo (2/2)
Hogg did not accept the apology, saying which he would likely only accept the idea “if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends as well as I in This kind of fight.”
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On Friday, Ingraham announced on her show which she will take a weeklong vacation for Easter.
“I’ll be off next week for Easter break with my kids,” Ingraham said. A Fox News spokesperson told multiple outlets which the break was already planned.
— CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero contributed to This kind of report.
WATCH: Parkland survivor David Hogg tells followers to boycott Laura Ingraham’s sponsors