Laura Ingraham loses sponsor after guest says Beto O’Rourke is ‘light in the loafers’

Laura Ingraham was down another advertiser Tuesday night after the men’s wellness line Hims announced they would be dropping the show. The move came a day after Ingraham’s guest Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick mocked 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke as “light in the loafers.”

“Hims was founded to break down barriers for all people when it comes to obtaining quality healthcare. As a brand for everyone, we strongly denounce intolerance of any kind and therefore you won’t find our ads on this program going forward,” the company said in a brief statement on Twitter Tuesday.

In response, Fox News issued this statement: “We will not allow voices like Laura Ingraham’s to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the intolerant partisan activists Media Matters, Sleeping Giants and Moveon.org whose only goal is to silence conservative thought they don’t agree with. The remark was made by a guest and clarified within the same segment."

Ingraham’s advertisers have faced pressure from Twitter activists at Media Matters for America, Sleeping Giants and elsewhere after the Fox News host’s discussion with Patrick in which he used the expression commonly understood as a slur against LGBT people.

“Was he always this left wing?” Ingraham asked of O’Rourke during the Monday night show.

“He is so light in the loafers, he floats off the ground at times,” Patrick said as Ingraham shook her head.

The bad sponsor news didn’t just extend to Laura Ingraham. Also on Tuesday, the language learning company Babbel apologized to consumers after one of their ads was spotted on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” The company said the ad had been placed with the program by mistake and that it would not happen again.

In a statement in response to Babbel, Fox News took aim directly at the company, warning they would pay a price with the network’s “deeply loyal” audience.

“If you saw our ad on Tucker Carlson’s show, you’re right to be upset. We are too. While we did place our ad with Fox, we did not know it would air on a show so repugnant and at odds with our mission and values. We are blacklisting the show going forward. We are deeply sorry,” they said.

“We will not allow voices like Laura Ingraham’s to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts from the intolerant partisan activists Media Matters, Sleeping Giants and Moveon.org whose only goal is to silence conservative thought they don’t agree with. The remark was made by a guest and clarified within the same segment,” a rep for Fox News offered in response.

The Hims departure comes as Ingraham’s show was steadily climbing out from a year-long advertiser boycott first initiated by Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg. As TheWrap previously reported, ratings for the show have actually improved during the boycott while ad time had steadily been approaching pre-boycott levels throughout 2019.

In April, Google made a big bet on the company running dozens of ads for itself and YouTube on Ingraham’s program. The company did not respond to requests for comment at the time or over the latest “light in the loafers” imbroglio.

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: Political talk radio host Laura Ingraham delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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MANCHESTER, NH - APRIL 12: Radio host Laura Ingraham speaks at the Freedom Summit at The Executive Court Banquet Facility April 12, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Freedom Summit held its inaugural event where national conservative leaders bring together grassroots activists on the eve of tax day. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
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