March 31 (Reuters) - Fox News show host Laura Ingraham announced on her show late Friday that she is taking next week off, after almost a dozen advertisers dropped her show after the conservative pundit mocked a teenage survivor of the Florida school massacre on Twitter.
Eleven companies so far have pulled their ads after a pushback by Parkland student David Hogg, 17, who called for a boycott of her advertisers.
A Fox News Channel spokeswoman said Ingraham was taking a pre-planned spring vacation with her children.
Hogg took aim at the host's show, "The Ingraham Angle," after she taunted him on Twitter on Wednesday, accusing him of whining about being rejected by four colleges to which he had applied.
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The Fox News host in February scolded NBA star LeBron James for "talking politics" during a candid interview with ESPN.
"The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn't understand the people," James said. He also called the President's comments and rhetoric "laughable and scary."
Ingraham dismissed the Cleveland Cavalier as "barely intelligible" and "ungrammatical," noting she'd be hard pressed to take political advice from "someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.
"Keep the political comments to yourself," she concluded. "Shut up and dribble."
The backlash was almost immediate, with celebrities and athletes accusing Ingraham of being a racist.
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Ingraham sparked similar criticism following an interview with Vibe magazine editor in chief Dawton Thomas about the 2018 Grammy nominations. The award show, for the first time since 1999, had completely shut out white male artists from the album of the year category.
Ingraham expressed concern over the nature and tone of lyrics from songs off Jay-Z's new album, which nabbed several nomination in the 2018 award show. Thomas tried to explain the rappers freedom and "creative license," but Ingraham could not move past Jay-Z's history.
"Obviously Jay-Z, it's a well-known story but he was a kid, wasn't he a cocaine dealer, crack dealer, did he stab his manager or someone in the neck?" she asked.
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Amid the late night talk show host's on-air feud with the GOP, Ingraham slammed Kimmel for using his son as a prop to push for government healthcare.
Kimmel had recently delivered an emotional plea to those politicians considering a repeal of the affordable care act after his son was born with a rare heart defect.
"Politics and comedy — yeah they do intersect every now and then, but when people tune in in general, at the end of the day, late night-shows, they want to laugh, they don't want to feel like they're under attack, they don't want feel like the guy they voted for, you just think is a horrible awful rotten person. It doesn't work."
While putting his child forward as a political prop was “very cute,” Ingraham urged him instead to “stick to the schtick.”
At the end of her remarks during the Republican Nation Convention, the political commentator and radio host appeared to give the Nazi salute before leaving the stage. She'd just finished criticizing then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, skinny jeans and man buns when she turned and extended her arm in the air.
Her action sent social media into a tizzy, with everyone speculating on whether she’d been waving or performing the gesture made famous by the Nazi followers of Adolf Hitler.
Ingraham opted to ignore the frenzy and the following morning took to lambasting Ted Cruz for not supporting President Trump enough.
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As the editor of her college newspaper, Dartmouth Review, Ingraham in 1984 ordered a reporter to secretly record a Gay-Straight Alliance meeting.
The clips, which featured members speaking about their sexual experiences and being gay on campus, were published alongside an article questioning the school's funding for the program.
The 54-year-old Connecticut native stood by the publication at the time: "The big thing is what does this organization do with its money? It seems like they just have parties and talk about parties. There isn't a heterosexual group that gets funding."
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Hogg is a survivor of the Feb. 14 mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the Parkland suburb of Fort Lauderdale. He and other classmates have become the faces of a new youth-led movement calling for tighter restrictions on firearms.
Hogg tweeted a list of a dozen companies that advertise on "The Ingraham Angle" and urged his supporters to demand that they cancel their ads.
On Thursday, Ingraham tweeted an apology "in the spirit of Holy Week," saying she was sorry for any hurt or upset she had caused Hogg or any of the "brave victims" of Parkland. But her apology did not stop companies from departing. The companies announcing that they are canceling their ads are: Nutrish, the pet food line created by celebrity chef Rachael Ray, travel website TripAdvisor Inc, online home furnishings seller Wayfair Inc, the world's largest packaged food company, Nestle SA, online streaming service Hulu, travel website Expedia Group Inc and online personal shopping service Stitch Fix. According to CBS News, four other companies joined the list Friday: the home office supply store Office Depot, the dieting company Jenny Craig, the Atlantis, Paradise Island resort and Johnson & Johnson which produces pharmaceuticals as well as consumer products such as Band-Aids, Neutrogena beauty products and Tylenol.
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American radio talk show host Laura Ingraham arrives for a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York. / AFP / Eduardo Munoz Alvarez (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
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 Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 26: Radio talk show host Laura Ingraham (R) makes a face as she goes on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (L) for a discussion during the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. Conservative activists attended the annual political conference to discuss their agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Radio host Laura Ingraham attends The Daily Beast Bi-Partisan Inauguration Brunch at Cafe Milano on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
NJ Governor Chris Christie arrives with talk show host Laura Ingraham to speak at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington, DC (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
Political commentator and author Laura Ingraham addresses the American Conservative Union's annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: Laura Ingraham visits Extra at The Grove on July 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 18: Laura Ingraham (L) and Mario Lopez visit Extra at The Grove on July 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 15: Conservative radio host and commentator Laura Ingraham addresses a health care reform protest on December 15, 2009 in Washington, DC. Demonstrators, many bused in from around the country, protested next to the Capitol building hoping to derail Senate health care legislation. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - (7.12.11) Reality television star, Bethenny Frankel ('Bethenny Ever After') appeared as guest co-host today on 'The View.' Laura Ingraham was a guest. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images)LAURA INGRAHAM
WASHINGTON - JUNE 24: Laura Ingraham, Fox News Contributor and host of the Laura Ingraham Show, and Peter Kaplan, Editorial Creative Director, Conde Nast Traveler pose for a photo at the Washington DC Conde Nast Traveler celebration at Height's Courtyard - Washington Hilton on June 24, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Conde Nast Publications)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Laura Ingraham attends salute to Brit Hume at Cafe Milano on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
MAIDENS, VA - OCTOBER 07: Talk show host Laura Ingraham speaks while standing with U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) during his 11th annual 'Hoe Down' fundraiser October 7, 2006 in Maidens, Virginia. Recent polls show Senator Allen is in a close race for his Senate seat with Democratic challenger Jim Webb. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Laura Ingraham during US Comedy Arts Festival 2005 - 'Wag the Debate' Center for American Progress at St. Regis Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 1: Ariana Huffington talks with Laura Ingraham and Mika Bryzsenski September 1, 2008 at the Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/WireImage)
11/17/95 - Office of attorney Laura Ingraham, 1440 NY Ave, 9th floor One of several women we will be taking photos of for a conservative women story. - Photo By Robert A. Reeder TWP (Photo by Robert A. Reeder/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
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Hogg wrote on Twitter that an apology just to mollify advertisers was insufficient.
Ingraham's show runs on Fox News, part of Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; additional reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago, Gina Cherelus in New York, Andrew Hay; Editing by Kim Coghill and Chizu Nomiyama)