Fox host on the run as ad­ver­tis­ers flee amid con­tro­versy over Twit­ter re­marks

Pharma gi­ant Bayer fol­lows TripAd­vi­sor, Nes­tle and Ex­pe­dia leav­ing net­work

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on Twit­ter: “We have stopped ad­ver­tis­ing on Laura In­gra­ham and we have no plans to re­sume any time in the fu­ture.”

A Fox News Chan­nel spokes­woman said In­gra­ham was taking a pre-planned spring va­ca­tion with her chil­dren.

Hogg took aim at the host’s show af­ter she taunted him on Twit­ter on March 28, ac­cus­ing him of whin­ing about be­ing re­jected by four col­leges to which he had ap­plied.

Hogg is a sur­vivor of the Feb. 14 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 new youth-led move­ment call­ing for tighter re­stric­tions on firearms.

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 Hogg or any of the “brave vic­tims” of Park­land.

But her apol­ogy did not stop com­pa­nies from de­part­ing.

The other com­pa­nies an­nounc­ing that they are can­cel­ing their ads are: Nutr­ish, the pet food line cre­ated by celebrity chef Rachael Ray; travel web­site TripAd­vi­sor; on­line home fur­nish­ings seller Way­fair; the world’s largest pack­aged food com­pany, Nes­tle; on­line stream­ing ser­vice Hulu; travel web­site Ex­pe­dia Group Inc.; and on­line personal shop­ping ser­vice Stitch Fix.

Ac­cord­ing to CBS News, four other com­pa­nies joined the list on Fri­day: the home office sup­ply store Office De­pot, the di­et­ing com­pany Jenny Craig, the At­lantis Par­adise Is­land re­sort, and Johnson & Johnson which pro­duces phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals as well as con­sumer prod­ucts such as Band-Aids, Neu­tro­gena beauty prod­ucts and Tylenol.

Hogg wrote on Twit­ter that an apol­ogy sim­ply to mol­lify ad­ver­tis­ers was in­suf­fi­cient.

In­gra­ham’s show runs on Fox News, part of Ru­pert Mur­doch’s Twenty-First Cen­tury Fox.

TWIT­TER STORM: Fox News host Laura In­gra­ham tweeted an apol­ogy for her ear­lier com­ments, say­ing she was ‘sorry for any hurt she caused the brave vic­tims’ of the Park­land school mas­sacre. (Getty Im­ages/ AFP)

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