Fox News host Tucker Carlson is bleeding advertisers after making a derogatory comment about immigrants this week, with at least eleven companies choosing to pull or suspend their advertising, according to CNN.
Land Rover, IHOP, Ancestry.com, Just For Men, Minted, Smile Direct, Pacific Life, ScotteVest, Nerd Wallet, TD Ameritrade and Zenni had as of Tuesday afternoon all released statements saying that they would no longer advertise on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
Carlson, a conservative who has made the subject of immigration a hallmark of his program, made the comments that led to the advertisers' decisions on Thursday night, when he said on his show that mass-immigration "makes our country poorer, and dirtier, and more divided."
The Fox host only doubled down on his comments after backlash ensued, which initially included the exit of three advertisers, defending his comments and arguing that "huge swaths of the region are covered with garbage and waste" left behind by immigrants "that degrade the soil and kill wildlife” on his Monday show — showing image of garbage at the U.S.-Mexico border to prove his point.
Carlson added on Monday night that "the left" wants him to "shut up," but that he would not because he was "not intimidated."
In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, a Fox News spokesperson said, "We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the likes of Moveon.org, Media Matters and Sleeping Giants."
The Fox News spokesperson added, "While we do not advocate boycotts, these same groups never target other broadcasters and operate under a grossly hypocritical double standard given their intolerance to all opposing points of view."