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Embattled Fox host Laura Ingraham leaves show for one week ‘vacation’

The backlash against Fox News star Laura Ingraham continues, following her controversial tweet targeting Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg.

With more advertisers dropping her show every day, Ingraham has announced that she will be taking the upcoming week off, which has caused many to speculate that she may be on her way out. 

Ingraham makes an announcement

On Friday, Ingraham told her viewers on Fox News that she will be taking an Easter vacation.

“I’ll be off next week for Easter break with my kids,” said Ingraham. “But, fear not. We’ve got a great lineup of guest hosts to fill in for me.”

Jon Levine on Twitter

BREAKING: Laura Ingraham announced on tonight’s show that she would take next week off and be replaced by “a great lineup of guest hosts” https://t.co/Ucoa4D45O2

According to Fox, the trip was pre-planned. But, this hasn’t stopped rumors from circulating that the Ingraham Angle host’s days at Fox may be numbered.

Gossip

Eager to topple Ingraham, detractors immediately began fulminating conspiracy theories.

Some have found it suspicious that Ingraham is taking off the week after the Christian Holy Week, not during. Others are wondering whether the “great lineup of guest hosts” may be a way for Fox to determine how it would do in a post-Ingraham era.

“Can’t help but suspect Fox News is doing a dry run of what a post-Ingraham future might look like at 10 p.m.,” tweeted Jon Levine.

The Cause

This comes after the Fox News star posted the following message on Twitter critical of Hogg’s reaction after the rejection of his college application by four campuses of the University of California.

Laura Ingraham on Twitter

David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.) https://t.co/wflA4hWHXY

Hogg responded with a tweet urging Ingraham’s major advertisers to boycott her shows. Apparently, many have.

Ingraham’s apology was rejected by Hogg, who has stated that he “would love to see her go,” and ironically continues to refer to the Fox star as a bully.

And so, Ingraham’s Easter vacation has come at a rather inopportune time, given critics of her show the perfect oppurtunity to speculate about her future at Fox, and to continue to push for her dismissal.

Deja vu?

The same Twitter user, John Levine, also noted the similarity between Ingraham’s current situation and that of two other Fox New’s stars.

“Both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity took “vacations” as advertisers fled their programs. One came back – One did not,” tweeted Levine.

O’Reilly and Hannity both experienced a similar situation to Ingraham – advertiser boycotts and a vacation – following sexual harassment allegations. And, as pointed out, O’Reilly was fired, while Hannity has remained with Fox. But, unlike Ingraham, whose Easter hiatus was planned, O’Reilly and Hannity’s vacations were both attempts to calm the situation down.

There’s certainly an element of wishful thinking by those on the left in this situation. Most are merely looking to topple a prominent conservative personality.

Fox has yet to comment on Ingraham’s future, and will likely wait to see how public sentiment evolves over the coming weeks.

That’s a shame. Ingraham is a incisive and prolofic commentator and she deserves to have her organization stand behind her.


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