Jeanine Pirro was absent from Fox News Saturday, one week after being publicly rebuked by the network over anti-Muslim remarks she made on her show.
Justice with Jeanine Pirro, which airs Saturdays at 9 p.m., was replaced with a re-run of the documentary Scandalous: The Trial of William Kennedy Smith.
There was no mention of Pirro taking a vacation, and she has been uncharastically silent on Twitter and Instagram for the past week. Fox News isn’t saying whether Pirro has been suspended or will return next week, but there is no indication Pirro was fired over her comments.
“We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters,” a Fox News spokesperson said.
In a Sunday morning tweet, President Donald Trump called on Fox News to bring back Pirro — one of his most outspoken media defenders. While the network itself strongly rebuked Pirro’s Islamophobic comments, Trump blamed her absence on “Radical Left Democrats” attempting to silence Fox News opinion hosts.
The absence comes a week after Pirro — who has become a fund-raiser in Pennsylvania and elsewhere for Republicans — questioned whether a hijab worn by Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar signaled her support of Sharia law.
“Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said last week. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”
Pirro’s comments were widely condemned, including by Fox News, who said in a statement it had “addressed the matter with her directly.” Hufsa Kamal, a Fox News producer who works on Special Report with Bret Baier, was a loud critic of Pirro’s comments, asking her colleague to “stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America.”
But Pirro remained unapologetic.
“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,” Pirro said last week. “I invite Rep. Omar to come on my show any time to discuss all of the important issues facing America today.”
Pirro’s comments on March 9 also reportedly cost her at least four advertisers — Allergan, Letgo, NerdWallet, and Novo Nordisk.