The Fox News host Laura Ingraham announced late on Friday that she will take the next week off, after 11 advertisers dropped her show over her mockery of a teenage survivor of the Florida school shooting.
David Hogg, 17, called for a boycott of advertisers on The Ingraham Angle after Ingraham taunted him on Twitter on Wednesday.
Ingraham wrote that Hogg had been “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.)”
Hogg is a survivor of the 14 February mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Parkland suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He and other classmates have become the faces of a youth-led movement for tighter restrictions on firearms, last weekend leading a huge protest march in Washington DC.
Hogg tweeted a list of a dozen companies that advertise on The Ingraham Angle and urged his supporters to demand that they cancel their ads.
On Thursday, Ingraham tweeted an apology, saying she was sorry for any hurt or upset she had caused.
“Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA,” she wrote, “incl[uding] David Hogg. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland.
“For the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy.
“As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”
Her apology did not stop companies from dropping her show. The first to cancel ads were Nutrish, a pet food line created by celebrity chef Rachael Ray; TripAdvisor; online home furnishings seller Wayfair; Nestle; Hulu; Expedia; and online personal shopping service Stitch Fix.
According to CBS News, four more companies dropped the show on Friday: Johnson & Johnson, Office Depot, dieting company Jenny Craig and the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort.
Ingraham said on air that she would take Easter week off with her children, and a “great line-up of guest hosts” would fill in.
Hogg wrote on Twitter: “An apology in an effort just to save your advertisers is not enough. I will only accept your apology only if you denounce the way your network has treated my friends and I in this fight. It’s time to love thy neighbor, not mudsling at children.”
After Ingraham announced her time off, he added that she should: “Have some healthy reflections this Holy Week.”
He told CNN: “I think it’s great that corporate America is standing with me. They cannot push us around, especially when all we’re trying to do here is save lives”
A Fox News representative was not immediately available for comment.