Bill Maher Says David Hogg is 'Bullying' Laura Ingraham with Boycott

HBO host Bill Maher accused Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg of "bullying" Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham for the advertising boycott of her primetime program.

Maher said during his Real Time with Bill Maher show Friday night that he wanted to "defend" Ingraham as more than a dozen companies pulled spots from her show.

Maher challenged Hogg, a 17-year-old who has become a major voice for gun control along with other fellow classmates following the deadly mass shooting in Florida almost two months ago.

He praised Hogg and the other Parkland activists for their success in bringing the issue of gun control to the forefront of the political stage like it never has before.

"But, you now, if you're going to be out there in the arena and make yourselves the champions of this cause people are going to have the right, I think, to argue back," Maher said during the panel portion of his show according to Mediaite.

Maher also said that Ingraham, who previously appeared on his old ABC show Politically Incorrect, and that over the years she had become a "terrible person."

But when Maher brought up Hogg's boycott an audience member cheered and Maher challenged the boycott as un-American.

"He complains about bullying? That's bullying!" Maher said. "I have been the victim of a boycott… It is wrong. You shouldn't do this by team, you should do it by principle."

Host Bill Maher speaks onstage at the Cinema For Peace event benefitting J/P Haitian Relief Organization in Los Angeles held at Montage Hotel on January 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. J/P Haitian Relief Organization and Cinema For Peace via Getty Images/ Michael Buckner

Fox News has stood by Ingraham after she tweeted last month that Hogg was "whining" about not being accepted to four California colleges. Hogg then responded by calling for the boycott and some top companies adhered by pulling ads.

Ingraham has been heavily criticized since the apparent attack on Hogg, but a top executive at the cable network said it would not "allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts" and that it "looked forward" to Ingraham's return.

Ingraham is expected to get back on the air following a family vacation this coming Monday.