- Fox News opinion-show host Laura Ingraham announced Friday she will take a week off.
- The news comes amid ongoing fallout from her comments about a Parkland shooting survivor.
- Multiple companies yanked ads from her show after she insulted Parkland student David Hogg, who said he was rejected from several colleges.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Friday she will take a week’s vacation following an exodus of advertisers from her show after she insulted a Florida shooting survivor’s grades.
Ingraham said on her show that the time off was due to the Easter break, and Fox News later told The New York Times that it was a “preplanned vacation with her kids.”
Ingraham drew widespread scorn earlier that week for tweeting an article that said David Hogg, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas student, had been rejected from several California universities. Hogg has emerged as a frequent target for prominent conservatives, who have criticised him over his gun-control activism.
“David Hogg Rejected by Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)” she tweeted.
Hogg and several other students from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School responded by calling for an advertising boycott of Ingraham’s show and tweeting a list of companies people could contact to demand they yank their ads.
Since then, roughly a dozen companies have announced plans to pull their commercials from her show, even despite an apology from Ingraham on Thursday.
“Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA – incl. @DavidHog111,”Ingraham tweeted. “On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologise for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.”
Ingraham added that she believed her show was the first to feature Hogg immediately after the deadly high-school shooting on February 14, and complimented how “poised” he was.
“As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion,” Ingraham said.
The mea culpa didn’t suffice for Hogg, who demanded that Ingraham also denounce comments made by others on her network before he would accept her apology.
Upon reading the news that Ingraham would be taking time off, Hogg tweeted, “Have some healthy reflections this Holy Week.”
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