O’Reilly Defends Ingraham Amid Advertiser Exodus: ‘Powerful, Shadowy Radical Groups’ Want Her Off the Air
Ousted Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is backing a current host at the network currently under fire.
In a post to his website, O’Reilly defended his embattled former colleague Laura Ingraham amid the advertiser exodus from her 10 PM Fox News show — The Ingraham Angle. The sponsors began bailing last week following a Tweet mocking Parkland survivor David Hogg‘s rejection from multiple colleges.
Ingraham has apologized for the Tweet, which O’Reilly conceded was “ill-advised.” But the former 8 PM Fox News pillar is seeing parallels between his ouster and what’s going on now with Ingraham.
“[T]he sponsor boycott is not some spontaneous uprising by companies,” O’Reilly wrote. “It is being directed by powerful, shadowy radical groups who want Laura Ingraham off the air. Same thing happened to me.”
Ingraham is on a pre-planned vacation this week, with industry speculation buzzing that her fate is currently up in the air. (O’Reilly himself took a pre-planned vacation last April as advertisers bailed from his show amid multiple claims of sexual harassment against him. He never returned.)
“There is no question that if you are a conservative commentator in America, elements on the far left will try to harm you,” O’Reilly wrote. “The Laura Ingraham situation clearly illustrates what is going on.”
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