Outback Steakhouse stopped advertising on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show earlier this year as brands fled in droves after the host's controversial comments

Outback Steakhouse cut its advertising on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show earlier this year, after the host was embroiled in controversies.

The chain stopped running advertising on Carlson’s Fox News show in January, a representative told Business Insider on Monday. The representative did not provide details on the reasoning behind the chain’s decision to stop advertising.

Outback is currently facing backlash on social media as Carlson’s critics push for advertisers to cut ties with the show.

The host is facing a new wave of backlash this week, after progressive media watchdog Media Matters for America published recordings of Carlson making comments many found offensive during calls to shock jock radio program “Bubba The Love Sponge.”

In the recordings, Carlson can be heard making a number of degrading remarks about women, including calling them “extremely primitive” and comparing them to dogs, as well as defending the now-convicted child sexual abuser Warren Jeffs.

While Outback says it cut ties in January, the decision had not been previously reported. The chain appeared on a number of lists of Carlson’s advertisers that were being widely shared by critics of the Fox News host on Monday.

Carlson has faced backlash in recent months after he made controversial comments about women and immigrants on his Fox News show, including saying that immigrants coming to the US from impoverished regions make the country “poorer and dirtier.” Fox News did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on Monday.

In a statement, Carlson refused to apologise for his “Bubba The Love Sponge” comments, saying, “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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