Fox News finally announced its decision on the future of Laura Ingraham’s show

Amid a slew of high-profile departures from sponsors of Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program after she opted to mock a Parkland shooting survivor, the host announced a “pre-planned vacation” that had everyone wondering whether a firing was imminent.

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Ingraham’s move was strikingly reminiscent of former Fox host Bill O’Reilly’s own “pre-planned vacation,” which he took before ultimately being ousted from the network after his advertisers jumped ship in similar fashion.

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However, in a surprise move, Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy pushed back against the rumors.

“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts,” Abernethy said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.”

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The shameful announcement comes as nearly two dozen companies have abandoned the Fox News host after her misguided attack on 17-year-old David Hogg’s unfortunate college rejections.

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As of now, sponsors including Bayer, Honda, Miracle-Ear, Principal, Ruby Tuesday, Liberty Mutual, Office Depot, Nestle, Wayfair, TripAdvisor, Nutrish, Expedia, Entertainment Studios, Joseph A. Banks, Hulu, Stitch Fix, Atlantis Bahamas, Jenny Craig, and Johnson & Johnson have all boycotted Ingraham after her misguided remarks.

Their departures come only days after Hogg – along with the help of his friends, all of whom wield a lot of power with their social media followings – took to Twitter to demand Ingraham’s advertisers pull their sponsorship from her program.

Amid the exodus, Ingraham did attempt to issue a half-hearted apology to Hogg.

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But Hogg, for his part, firmly rejected the transparent olive branch.

The fact that Fox News is standing by an employee who opted to attack teenage mass shooting survivors speaks volumes about the outlet’s “integrity.”

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Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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