Fox News Abruptly Cancels Saturday Episode Of ‘Justice With Jeanine’ Over Pirro’s Comments About Omar
Fox News has cancelled a Saturday episode of “Justice with Jeanine” as the controversial host faces backlash over her comments about Muslims.
According to Variety Magazine, Pirro’s show Saturday was set to air an episode of the series “Scandalous” but it was abruptly cancelled. The network would not confirm whether Pirro’s show would return with new episodes in the coming days.
“We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” a Fox News spokesperson wrote in an email.
During an episode last Saturday, Pirro questioned whether Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was violating the constitution by wearing a hijab and suggested that the Minnesota Democrat may adhere to “Sharia law.” The comments were condemned by Fox News leadership, which issued a statement saying that Pirro had been reprimanded.
”We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar,” the network said in a statement days later. “They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”
Pirro previously sought to address the comments on her show this week and invited Omar to appear on the program.
“I’ve seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night’s show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don’t support the Constitution. I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today,” Pirro said.
Several advertisers have pulled their ads from the show over Pirro’s comments.
Omar responded to Fox’s statement on Monday in a tweet thanking the network for addressing Pirro’s remarks.
“Thank you, @FoxNews. No one’s commitment to our constitution should be questioned because of their faith or country of birth,” she wrote.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 11, 2019
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