Several Advertisers Cut Ties To Fox News Shows Hosted By Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro Amid Controversies
Multiple advertisers have pulled their ads from Fox News shows hosted by Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson in the wake of inflammatory comments made by each of the hosts.
A day after drugmaker AstraZeneca said it would no longer advertise on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” a second advertiser, bedding company Sheex, has said it also would pull ads from the program.
“Due to the inappropriate statements of Tucker Carlson that have recently come to light, Sheex has made the decision to cease advertising on his television program,” the company, which was founded by two women, said in a statement to The Daily Beast.
Progressive media watchdog Media Matters on Sunday published clips and transcripts of derogatory remarks Carlson made on the “Bubba the Love Sponge” radio program between 2006 and 2011 about women and child rape.
Carlson had so far refused to apologize for the comments.
AstraZeneca on Monday tweeted its intention to “no longer advertise” on Carlson’s show.
AstraZeneca confirms we no longer advertise on the Tucker Carlson show and we will not be advertising on this program in the future.
— AstraZenecaUS (@AstraZenecaUS) March 11, 2019
“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,” Fox News said in a statement in support of Carlson.
On Sunday, Carlson said on Twitter: “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”
Carlson, on his show Monday night, thanked Fox News for its support and said, “We have always apologized when we are wrong and we will continue to do that. … but we will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”
Media Matters has published additional clips of Carlson from that time period, during which he is heard saying Iraq is a place filled with “semi-illiterate monkeys,” and making sexual comments about a 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant contestant.
At least three advertisers have pulled ads from Pirro’s show since she suggested during a segment on “Justice with Judge Jeanine” last Saturday that Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) Islamic beliefs put her at odds with the Constitution, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said during her opening monologue on Saturday night. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Fox News issued a statement condemning Pirro’s remarks a day after her show.
“We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
A spokesperson for Letgo, an online marketplace for buying and selling used goods that advertised on her episode over the weekend, said that the company also condemns Pirro’s comments as “offensive and completely contrary to our values.”
“We are in the process of ensuring our ads will no longer run during her show,” the representative continued.
Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company that advertises diabetes medicine on the show, said it too would be “pausing” its campaign.
“At Novo Nordisk, we advertise across many cable networks to raise awareness of our medicines and the disease they treat,” the company continued. “We respect each person’s right to express their thinking and beliefs, however, we are reevaluating our advertising on this program at this time.”
A spokesperson for the personal finance company NerdWallet said it would also no longer be advertising on the program.
“We’re no longer advertising on this show and don’t have plans to in the future,” the spokesperson said.
NerdWallet in December ceased advertising on Carlson’s show after he prompted backlash for saying immigration makes the country “dirtier.”