Laura Ingraham issued a lukewarm apology Thursday for mocking David Hogg’s college rejections after advertisers severed ties with her Fox News show.
“On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland,” Ingraham tweeted on Thursday.
Ingraham added that any student “should be proud” of a 4.2 GPA, including Hogg. However, in her series of tweets, she noted that “for the record, I believe my show was the first to feature David immediately after that horrific shooting and even noted how ‘poised’ he was given the tragedy. As always, he’s welcome to return to the show anytime for a productive discussion.”
Ingraham also included a link to the interview.
Rachael Ray’s pet food brand Nutrish said it is distancing itself from “The Ingraham Angle” after Hogg implored businesses to do so.
“We are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham’s program,” the company tweeted at Hogg.
TripAdvisor and Wayfair, an e-commerce company, have also announced they were bolting from Ingraham’s show.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student had tweeted the names of 12 “Top Laura Ingraham Advertisers” on Wednesday night, urging users to contact them. Nutrish was No. 3 on the list, TripAdvisor was No. 9 and Wayfair was No. 12.
Earlier Hogg had tweeted, “Soooo @IngrahamAngle what are your biggest advertisers … Asking for a friend.”
Ingraham had previously made fun of Hogg after the teen gun control activist was rejected by certain colleges. He did receive acceptance letters from Florida Atlantic University, Cal Poly and Cal State San Marcos.
“David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it,” Ingraham had tweeted Wednesday. “(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA…totally predictable given acceptance rates.)”
The high school senior was in school when gunman Nikolas Cruz, a former student, opened fire and killed 17 people.