Advertisers cut ties with Hannity after Moore coverage, sparking social media backlash
- At least five companies said over the weekend that they will no longer advertise their products during Fox News' "Hannity."
- Fans of the show and its host criticized the brands for taking a political stance and called for a boycott on Twitter.
- Those that supported Keurig's decision to cut ties with Hannity praised the company and said they would be more apt to purchase goods from the brand.
At least five companies said over the weekend that they will no longer advertise their products during Fox News' "Hannity" television show, which sparked an outpouring on Sunday of counter-protests on social media.
Keurig, Realtor.com, 23 and Me, Eloquii and Nature's Bounty all pulled their ads from the television show, in response to Fox host Sean Hannity's coverage of the sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Last week, a Washington Post article published an article suggesting Moore had romantic or sexual relationships with four teenage girls when he was in his 30s, allegations which the candidate has vigorously denied. In the wake of the Post report, Hannity asked his viewers to give Moore the benefit of the doubt.
On Twitter, the companies announced their decision to discontinue showing their ads during Hannity's show — one of Fox News' most highly rated programs that is wildly popular with conservative audiences.
"We can confirm that we do not have advertisements running on this program," Nature's Bounty said on Twitter Friday.
None of the companies cited Hannity's coverage of the allegations against Moore as the reason that they had pulled their ads. However, the companies took to social media to announce that they were not advertising with the show, after Twitter users called for them to distance themselves from the show.
"We've received inquiries RE: advertising on Hannity," 23 and Me said via Twitter on Friday. "We are not running TV advertising on Hannity. We continue to closely evaluate where we advertise."
These companies are just the latest to distance themselves from Hannity's program.
In August, Media Matters called on companies that bought ad spots during Hannity's show to stop financially supporting the host. The following month, Cadillac pulled its commercials from the Fox News show due to Hannity's response to violence at rally held by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
E-Trade also pulled its advertisements from the show.
The most recent string of companies to pull their ads from Hannity has prompted the hashtag #BoycottKeurig, which was a top trending subject on Twitter. Fans of Hannity's show and its host criticized Keurig and the other brands for taking a political stance.
In fact, a number of the host's supporterssaid that they would be returning Keurig machines they had purchased for holiday gifts, and would no longer buy products from the brand.
Meanwhile, those who voiced support for Keurig's decision to cut ties with Hannity praised the company, and said they would be more apt to purchase goods from the brand.
A Fox spokesperson did reply to CNBC's request for comment.
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