Advertisers saying “bye bye” to Sean Hannity

Photo: Anthony Moretti, March 14, 2017

An excerpt from today’s Morning Media NewsFeed, disseminated by AdWeek:

Cars.com, Casper, and several others on Wednesday pulled advertising from Sean Hannity’s Fox News program in light of his pushing a conspiracy theory about the homicide of a staffer for the Democratic National Committee. Hannity peddled a theory that Seth Rich’s killing was ordered by the Clintons in retaliation for leaking DNC emails to WikiLeaks. Police have said Rich’s death was the result of a robbery gone wrong. (BuzzFeed)

It’s unknown how long the companies would keep their ads off Hannity’s show, which is regularly No. 1 in its 10 p.m.timeslot. The advertiser pullout comes just over one month after the network let go of its then-signature on-air personality Bill O’Reilly in the aftermath of a New York Times report that O’Reilly and Fox News paid $13 million to five women who accused the star of harassment. That particular story sparked a massive advertiser boycott and two public protests outside FNC headquarters. (TVNewser)

Hannity said on his program Tuesdaynight that he would not continue discussing the matter “out of respect for the family’s wishes for now.” He continued, “my heart, my soul, my prayer goes out to them during this very difficult time.” Then, Wednesday morning, Hannity tweeted, “Not giving up at all. I’m working harder than ever to get to the truth the family wants and deserves. Stay tuned.” (TVNewser)

Wednesday night, The Five host Kimberly Guilfoyle reported she’s replacing Hannity on Thursday and Friday as he takes the rest of the week off. (Mediaite)

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