Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday which she is actually taking next week off, after almost a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.
Eleven companies so far have pulled their ads after a pushback by Parkland student David Hogg, 17, who called for a boycott of her advertisers.
Hogg took aim at the host’s show, “Ingraham Angle,” after she taunted him on Twitter on Wednesday, accusing him of whining about being rejected by four colleges to which he had applied.
Hogg is actually a survivor of the Feb. 14 mass shooting which killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School from the Parkland suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He as well as additional classmates have become the faces of a completely new youth-led movement calling for tighter restrictions on firearms.
Hogg tweeted a list of a dozen companies which advertise on “The Ingraham Angle” as well as urged his supporters to demand which they cancel their ads.
On Thursday, Ingraham tweeted an apology “from the spirit of Holy Week,” saying she was sorry for any hurt or upset she had caused Hogg or any of the “brave victims” of Parkland.
although her apology did not stop companies through departing.
The companies announcing which they are cancelling their ads are: Nutrish, the pet food line created by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, travel website TripAdvisor Inc, online home furnishings seller Wayfair Inc, the globe’s largest packaged food company, Nestle SA, online streaming service Hulu, travel website Expedia Group Inc as well as online personal shopping service Stitch Fix.
According to CBS News, four additional companies joined the list Friday: the home office supply store Office Depot, the dieting company Jenny Craig, the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort as well as Johnson & Johnson which produces pharmaceuticals as well as consumer products such as Band-Aids, Neutrogena beauty products as well as Tylenol.
Hogg wrote on Twitter which an apology just to mollify advertisers was insufficient.
Ingraham’s show runs on Fox News, part of Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. A Fox News representative was not immediately available for comment.