Laura Ingraham Taking Week Off as Advertisers Leave

Fox host losing advertisers over her comments about student activist David Hogg
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2018 6:59 AM CDT
Fox News personality Laura Ingraham and student activist David Hogg.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, left, and Rich Schultz)

(Newser) – Laura Ingraham told her Fox News viewers Friday that she would be off the air next week on a scheduled vacation. The announcement comes as advertisers continue to abandon her show in the wake of critical comments about student activist David Hogg. On Friday's show, the only "blue-chip" advertiser to be seen was IBM, reports Variety, as others including Nestle and Johnson & Johnson keep their distance. Though Ingraham said her break had been planned, USA Today notes that it's similar to the break Bill O'Reilly took during an ad boycott of his own, just before the network fired him.

Variety adds that it sees no sign Fox execs are planning to dump Ingraham and her strong ratings. The 5-month-old Ingraham Angle averages 2.6 million viewers, notes the Hill. Ingraham has apologized for her comments, in which she mocked Hogg for "whining" about being rejected by colleges, though he dismissed the apology as insincere. The survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida didn't sound too forgiving after hearing news of Ingraham's vacation, either. "Have some health reflections this Holy Week," he tweeted.

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