February 21, 2024


Tucker Carlson speaking at the Politicon conference in Los Angeles, October 21, 2018

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Tucker Carlson broke his silence on Wednesday night, two days after he unceremoniously quit Fox News.

However, the right-wing former primetime TV host did not address his firing or say what he will do next. Instead, in a video posted on Twitter, Carlson discussed his views on American politics and the conversation on cable news.

“When you take a break you realize how stupid the debates you see on TV are, they’re completely irrelevant. They don’t make sense. Five years later, we don’t even remember we had them. Believe me , one involved,” Carlson said in a video message Wednesday.

On Monday, Fox News fired Carlson, noting that his final episode aired on Friday. Neither Carlson nor his most recently hired attorney, Brian Friedman, have since responded to requests for comment.

“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the company said in a statement on Monday. “We thank him for his service to the network as a moderator and before that as a contributor.” Representatives for Fox News did not comment after Monday’s announcement and did not immediately respond to a comment on Wednesday.

he is gone fox corp.. ’s cable network — which has the highest ratings for cable news — came after the company reached a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems. Fox and Dominion settled the defamation lawsuit ahead of a six-week trial in which Carlson, some of his fellow anchors and top officials including Rupert Murdoch will testify. Dominion is suing Fox and its cable networks for airing false claims that the voting machine maker helped rig the 2020 election in favor of Joe Biden.

While the Dominion lawsuit is unlikely to have much of an impact on Fox’s bottom line — its stock price was steady until Monday when Carlson left the job, when it was down slightly — what has been revealed in discovery and what may come later The implication is that there may be a bigger problem. Carlson brought huge ratings to the network.

Since Monday, media reports have said that private information about Carlson discovered during an investigation into the Dominion lawsuit helped seal his fate at Fox News. Vulgar private messages about his colleagues prompted Fox leadership to drop Carlson, The Wall Street Journal reports. Fox executives discovered the information on the eve of the trial, According to the New York Times.