Novo Nordisk and two other sponsors have pulled their ads from Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News Channel show after her remarks about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) this past weekend.
Novo had advertised its diabetes medicine, Ozempic, on Pirro’s show, but suspended the campaign on Monday, according to reports. Letgo, a platform for selling used items, and personal finance company NerdWallet also pulled ads from “Justice w/ Judge Jeanine.”
“At Novo Nordisk, we advertise across many cable networks to raise awareness of our medicines and the disease they treat,” the company said in a statement. “We respect each person’s right to express their thinking and beliefs, however, we are reevaluating our advertising on this program at this time.”
Pirro said on her show on Saturday that Omar was “Sharia-compliant” because she wears a traditional hijab head-covering and suggested that her beliefs were “antithetical” to the Constitution. On Sunday, Fox News condemned her statements.
In 2013, another Novo Nordisk diabetes drug, Victoza, was caught up in controversy after spokesperson Paula Deen acknowledged using a racial slur and telling racist jokes. Novo suspended its relationship with Deen shortly after.
Separately, AstraZeneca has pulled ads from Tucker Carlson’s show after years-old recordings surfaced on Sunday of the host making disparaging remarks about women and suggestive comments about underage girls, as well as defending child abuse.
An AstraZeneca spokesperson confirmed the company has pulled advertising from Carlson’s program and said it does not plan to advertise on the show again.
A spokesperson from Fox News could not be immediately reached for comment.
This story was updated on March 13 with comment from AstraZeneca.