Another advertiser has indicated that it is no longer running its commercials on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” a sign that the program remains under scrutiny from sponsors a few weeks after the host made controversial remarks about immigrants.
Red Lobster Hospitality, a restaurant chain that is owned by Golden Gate Capital, confirmed it had removed its commercials from the Fox News Channel primetime program, joining advertisers such as Samsung, SodaStream and Pfizer Inc. Approximately 20 advertisers have moved their ads off the show since Carlson suggested he felt immigration was making the United States “dirtier.” Since that time, the program has become a target for several advocacy organizations.
Carlson’s program has since late December run with fewer national commercials, and more promos and direct-response ads.
Some other sponsors have issued statements indicated they will stay with their current schedules on Fox that include “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Bayer, John Deere, AstraZeneca and Sanofi have all said they won’t make changes to the way their commercials appear on the network.