Red Lobster Puts Pinch on Laura Ingraham, Pulls Out as Advertiser

Seafood restaurant chain becomes at least 26th company to drop “The Ingraham Angle”

Last Updated: April 12, 2018 @ 5:49 PM

Red Lobster, until Thursday one of Laura Ingraham’s remaining major advertisers, has ended its sponsorship of Ingraham’s Fox News show.

“Red Lobster is no longer advertising during Laura Ingraham’s show,” the company told TheWrap in a statement.

According to a tally by TheWrap, the seafood restaurant chain is the 26th company to pull ads from “The Ingraham Angle” in recent days.

Ingraham has been hit hard by an advertiser boycott campaign spearheaded by Parkland student David Hogg after she mocked him for “whining” about his rejection by several California colleges. Since the campaign began, most of her biggest sponsors, including Mitsubishi, Blue Apron, SlimFast, Ace Hardware, and IBM have bailed, and ad time on “The Ingraham Angle” has been cut roughly in half.

Red Lobster was one of 14 sponsors still featured on “The Ingraham Angle” Tuesday night. But was missing from Wednesday night’s commercial breaks, which featured just 12 advertisers: Visiting Angels, Sandals Resorts, Spectrum, MyPillow, Lear Capital, Ebates, Ovation Hair, WeatherTech, Invisalign, OurTime Dating, PC Matic as well as one local sponsor.

Ingraham did apologize for her comments about Hogg the day after she made them, but so far she has not directly addressed them, or the boycott, on her show. The closest she has come to acknowledging the matter on-air was a joke Monday night that she was “glad that I don’t have a Google alert on my own name.” The episode was her first back after taking a week-long vacation just as the boycott was gathering steam.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.