Tucker Carlson Out At Fox News After Dominion Lawsuit Settlement
Fox News agreed to “part ways” with host Tucker Carlson on Monday morning, abruptly ending the network’s highest-rated single-host show.
The unexpected announcement comes in the wake of Fox News’ settlement last week with voting technology firm Dominion, which cost the network $787 million in a defamation suit related to false claims made about the 2020 presidential election. Fox faces further legal peril in a related case with Smartmatic, another election machine developer that hardened its position after the Dominion settlement.
Carlson’s show was the top-rated news program in U.S. in 2021. Tucker Carlson Tonight was second only to another Fox show in 2022, The Five. Fox’s share price has fallen three percent since the announcement, costing the company around $600 million in market value. It will likely fall more throughout the day.
Fox News announced that Carlson’s primetime show will immediately be replaced Monday night with a new show, simply called Fox News Tonight. The new show will have “rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is named,” according to a statement.
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Carlson is facing a lawsuit from his former head of booking Abby Grossberg, who has accused the host for maintaining a “hostile and discriminatory” work environment. Several outlets have reported this case as a likely reason for Carlson’s termination.
LA Times: Tucker Carlson's exit is related to the discrimination lawsuit filed by Abby Grossberg, the producer Fox fired last month.
Carlson's senior executive producer Justin Wells has also been terminated, according to people familiar with the matter. https://t.co/A1E88ksgiY
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 24, 2023
Carlson has been known to make controversial claims on his show—and, given his value to Fox News as a major source of revenue, has been enabled to express opinions seen in few other places on mainstream media.
Far-right leaders such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) quickly took Carlson’s side, criticizing Fox for its decision.
I stand with @TuckerCarlson.
Wherever he goes.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene?? (@RepMTG) April 24, 2023
Cable news is about to be taught a powerful lesson after Fox News caved to the woke mob and fired Tucker Carlson.
Americans no longer blindly watch the news like they did decades ago, they only watch the ones who have courage to tell the truth.
Americans are about to quit…
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene?? (@RepMTG) April 24, 2023
Carlson also received support from several prominent figures on the far-left, such as journalist Glenn Greenwald and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and staunch anti-vaccine activist. They view Carlson as one of the only hosts in mainstream media willing to call out the political “establishment” for its support of Ukraine and the push for COVID-19 vaccines.
Tucker was the cable host who most:
* Opposed US proxy war in Ukraine;
* Denounced CIA, FBI and DHS for its systemic lies and corruption;
* Devoted himself to a pardon for Julian Assange;
* Objected to regime change efforts in Cuba;
* Criticized Trump Admin's militarism. pic.twitter.com/PEduNzOyW6
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 24, 2023
Fox fires @TuckerCarlson five days after he crosses the red line by acknowledging that the TV networks pushed a deadly and ineffective vaccine to please their Pharma advertisers. Carlson’s breathtakingly courageous April 19 monologue broke TV’s two biggest rules: Tucker told the…
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) April 24, 2023
On conservative commentator Charlie Kirk‘s show this morning, Donald Trump Jr. called Carlson a “thought leader” and claimed that Fox’s decision “changes things permanently.”
.@DonaldJTrumpJr reacts to Tucker Carlson leaving Fox News exclusively on The Charlie Kirk Show:
"This changes things permanently." pic.twitter.com/CUfklWpPJs
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 24, 2023
Carlson was one of the biggest targets in the Dominion suit, and many are speculating that his role in shaping Fox’s reaction to the 2020 election is the primary motivation for his removal.
“For a while, Fox News has been moving to become establishment media, and Tucker Carlson’s removal is a big milestone in that effort,” said Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy in a statement. “Millions of viewers who liked the old Fox News have made the switch to Newsmax, and Tucker’s departure will only fuel that trend.”
Newsmax is one of Fox’s primary rivals in the conservative media ecosystem and has become more prominent since the 2020 election by pushing former President Donald Trump‘s false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. Newsmax is also being sued by Dominion and Smartmatic.
In addition to Newsmax, Russia Today (RT) appeared to offer Carlson a position on Twitter Monday afternoon. RT is funded by the Russian government and has ceased operating in the United States since Russia’s full-scale invasion began last year.
— RT (@RT_com) April 24, 2023
Carlson has been accused of promoting Russian talking points in the ongoing war.
Carlson learned of his termination Monday morning upon arriving at work, with no heads-up. Carlson’s senior executive producer Justin Wells is also no longer employed at Fox News.
Another major shakeup in the media occurred just hours later, as CNN fired anchor Don Lemon with seemingly no prior warning as well. Lemon tweeted about the incident.
— Don Lemon (@donlemon) April 24, 2023
Carlson has not made a public statement about his apparent termination so far.
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