Fox News host who mocked teenage Parkland shooting survivor goes on leave

Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after nearly a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.

The week-long absence was pre-planned, CNN reported, citing Fox News spokesperson, as saying.

On her show Friday Ingraham said she would not be on air next week.

"A bully is a bully and it's important that you stand up to them", he said.

"I'm not going to stoop to her level and go after her on a personal level", he said.

On Wednesday, Ingraham was roundly criticized after she publicly mocked Hogg for being rejected by several California colleges.

"David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it". Following the remarks, Hogg called out the advertisers on Ingraham's show, many of whom have since pulled their ads off the show in response.

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.

Appearing on MSNBC on Friday, host Andrea Mitchell addressed the recent controversy around the Fox News host's mockery of Hogg's academic achievements on Twitter.

Nestle US, Hulu and Nutrish confirmed on Twitter that they are removing advertising from Ingraham's show.

Only Fox News shows Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show beat the five-month-old cable news program in the cable television ratings war.

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.

Hogg was referring to a comment Ingraham made in February, in which she criticized the National Basketball Association player for "talking politics" in interviews.

Last April, dozens of companies pulled away from the "The O'Reilly Factor" when allegations of sexual harassment against host Bill O'Reilly surfaced.

"I just think it's a testament to the sick immaturity and broken state of our government when these people feel the need to peddle conspiracy theories about people that were in a school shooting where 17 people died, and it just makes me sick", Hogg told BuzzFeed News. Coffee company Keurig initially said it was pulling ads from Hannity's show, only to face social media backlash from Hannity's supporters, who posted videos on Twitter of themselves smashing Keurig machines.

  • Rogelio Becker