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Pirro case squeezes Fox News in two directions

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015, file photo, Jeanine Pirro attends the HBO Documentary Series premiere of "THE JINX: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," in New York. Fox News weekend host Pirro's show didn't air Saturday night, March 16, 2019, a week after her comments questioning U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar over her wearing a Muslim head covering. No explanation was given. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — The apparent suspension of Jeanine Pirro is squeezing Fox News Channel in two directions.

A prominent Muslim-American civil rights organization has called for advertisers to boycott Fox because of comments made by its weekend host, while a pro-Trump group is petitioning to have her reinstated.

Fox hasn’t said when the former New York-area district attorney would be back on the air, or why she was taken off. Fox did issue a statement condemning Pirro for comments questioning U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s loyalty because she wears a Muslim head covering.

The network’s schedule for this Saturday lists another program in Pirro’s time slot.

The Associated Press