Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments

Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments

Fox News host Laura Ingraham takes week off after David Hogg comments

Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after nearly a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.

Hogg then urged his 700,000 Twitter followers to contact Ingraham's advertisers and press them to boycott her prime-time show.

He posted the names of her top advertisers on Twitter and urged his almost 700,000 followers to call those companies.

As of Friday night, 14 companies - including the Rachael Ray-partnered dog food brand Nutrish, the travel site TripAdvisor, Office Depot and the streaming service Hulu - have said they will no longer advertise on Ingraham's show, according to a tally on Mediaite.

The anchor made the announcement when she signed off her show Friday evening, which capped a week of controversy in which she saw more than a dozen advertisers flee her show. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight.

Ingraham apologized, but Hogg blasted it as an insincere "effort just to save your advertisers". The former Fox News host had announced, after a series of Times investigations revealed he'd paid around $50 million to settle sexual harassment lawsuits, that he was taking a "pre-planned" vacation of a few days.

The move followed intense criticism of the conservative host after she mocked a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

Multiple companies yanked ads from her show after she insulted Parkland student David Hogg, who said he was rejected from several colleges. "She only apologized after we went after her advertisers", he told the New York Times.

He said the apology was "expected" after advertisers dropped out, but that it didn't mean much.

"David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it", she wrote. Coffee company Keurig initially said it was pulling ads from Hannity's show, only to face social media backlash from Hannity's supporters, who posted videos on Twitter of themselves smashing Keurig machines. "In our view, these statements focused on a high school student, cross the line of decency", the statement added.

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