Laura Ingraham returning to Fox News next week amid advertiser boycott

April 3, 2018 GMT

Laura Ingraham returning to Fox News next week amid advertiser boycott

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Laura Ingraham will return to Fox News as planned next week. The embattled host of “The Ingraham Angle” received a stong show of support from her boss on Monday.

“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Jack Abernethy, co-president of Fox News, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”

On Friday, Ingraham told viewers she would be taking a pre-planned extended holiday with her family. The break comes as the show continued to lose advertisers following Ingraham’s mocking of Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. More than a dozen sponsors have pulled their ads since the controversy erupted including Hulu, Office Depot. Jenny Craig, Expedia, Wayfair, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, and more.

By Friday, “The Ingraham Angle” only had eight minutes of commercials to air, down from the usual 14 and a half minutes, according to The Wrap. The show is among the top five most-watched programs in cable news.

In a tweet last week, Ingraham ridiculed Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who has become an outspoken advocate of stricter gun control, for not getting into four of the colleges he applied to. Following the blowback, she apologized, writing on Twitter, “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.”

Hogg, however, rejected the apology, calling it merely an effort by Ingraham to save her advertisers and continuing to promote an ad boycott.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter.