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Fox News' Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson have reportedly lost a key advertiser

A key advertiser has reportedly pulled out of Laura Ingraham's and Tucker Carlson's Fox News shows — again.

Bayer has made the decision to cease advertising on Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight and The Ingraham Angle, journalist Judd Legum reports.

This comes after the company last year announced it would stop advertising with Ingraham, saying in March 2018 there were "no plans" to do so again in the future. But Legum noted that Bayer did begin advertising on Ingraham's show again a few months later. Bayer also stopped advertising with Carlson for months before returning. Legum reports that Bayer was Ingraham's number two overall advertiser this year and Carlson's number five.

Ingraham recently came under fire for seemingly coming to the defense of a white supremacist, putting an image of Paul Nehlen up on the screen during a segment about "prominent voices censored by social media." Amid the ensuing firestorm, Fox News stood by Ingraham and insisted she was not defending Nehlen. The episode immediately prompted one advertiser, Fracture, to pull out of the show, saying that "we certainly don't have to support hate speech with our advertising dollars."

Carlson, meanwhile, also lost dozens of advertisers beginning in December when he suggested that immigration makes the U.S. "poorer and dirtier" and later when offensive comments of his from old radio appearances resurfaced.

Bayer has not yet commented on Legum's report.