Laura Ingraham announced on Friday that she was taking last-minute “Easter break” from her show. But The Laura Ingraham Angle is on the ropes: the show is hemorrhaging advertisers after she bullied teenaged Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg.
Advertisers didn’t like being associated with a TV host who harangued a kid for not getting into college, and dozens have announced they would cut ties with her show. Bayer AG is the latest company to announce it would pull its ads from the Fox News program, confirming via Twitter late Saturday that they have no plans to return, either.
— Bayer AG (@Bayer) March 31, 2018
Companies announcing that they have dropped advertisements from her show include Nutrish, TripAdviser, Wayfair, Expedia, Nestlé, Stich Fix, Hulu, Jenny Craig, Office Depot, Honda, Miracle-Ear, Liberty Mutual, Principal Financial Group, Ruby Tuesday, Atlantis Resort, Entertainment Studios, and Johnson & Johnson.
This should be a familiar routine for Fox News by now: Bill O’Reilly also announced he was taking a “scheduled” vacation right around the time he lost advertisers in droves. In that case, he and Fox News were under fire for having paid millions of dollars to women who say O’Reilly had sexually harassed them. O’Reilly never came back on air from that vacation: Fox News had fired him before his scheduled vacation was even over.
Fox News told the Washington Post that Ingraham’s vacation was pre-planned.
CORRECTION: This story originally included Jos. A Bank in a list of companies which had pulled advertisements from The Ingraham Angle. Since then, a spokesperson for the company reached out to ThinkProgress to clarify that they aren’t pulling their advertisements from the show. In a statement, the spokesperson wrote: “In these volatile times we are constantly monitoring our commercial placements in attempts to remove ourselves from inflammatory statements while still supporting free speech. Jos. A. Bank has not specifically selected and paid for advertising in The Ingraham Angle as part of their media buy. Any commercials that have aired there have been at the networks discretion.”