Fox News advertisers hit pause on Jeanine Pirro, Tucker Carlson spots
NBC News, March 12, 2019
Several advertisers are saying they intend to stop running ads on Fox News shows hosted by Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson.
Each of the Fox News anchors has attracted criticism after making inflammatory statements.
Three advertisers — Novo Nordisk, LetGo and Nerdwallet — are either removing or pausing their ads for Pirro’s show, “Justice with Jeanine Pirro,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The advertisers were acting in response to Pirro's statement on her March 9 show that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a Muslim, is "Sharia-compliant" because she wears a traditional hijab head covering.
Fox News condemned Pirro’s comments.
Carlson has been under fire since the liberal activist group Media Matters for America on Sunday night released recordings of comments he made during appearances on a radio show in which he disparaged sex workers in Florida and described women as being “primitive.”
Carlson, who joined the Fox network in 2009, made the comments on a radio talk show hosted by “Bubba the Love Sponge” (whose real name is Todd Alan Clem) from 2006 to 2011. Carlson was a host on MSNBC from 2005 to 2008. He has also worked for CNN and PBS.
Some companies, including pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, have confirmed they are no longer advertising on his show. Sheex, a bedding firm, also issued a statement saying it would cease advertising on Carlson's show, according to several reports.
“AstraZeneca can confirm we are no longer advertising on the Tucker Carlson show and we will not be advertising on this program in the future,” the company said in a statement. A representative for Outback Steakhouse also confirmed it is no longer advertising on Carlson’s show, although it is unclear when the brand last did so. ...
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