Tucker Carlson, the firebrand far-right pundit and one of the highest-rated hosts on Fox News, is out. The announcement came in a Fox News statement Monday morning.
“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the network said. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.”
His exit comes as a surprise, with him unable to say goodbye to his audience, a move often reserved for on-camera personalities involuntarily terminated to avoid any on-air negativity.
Fox News said that Carlson’s final “Tucker Carlson Tonight” show was the one that aired on April 21.
The move throws the Fox News primetime lineup into flux as the network that just paid nearly $1 billion to settle a lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems that uncovered many details of the inner workings of the conservative television network.
Carlson has been venomously anti-LGBTQ+ on his show, peddled white supremacy, sold the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, and sided with insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Carlson amplified and gave voice to one of Twitter’s worst trolls, Chaya Raichik, who runs the Libs of TikTok account. Carlson elevated her anti-LGBTQ+ account and antics to conservative stardom.
It’s unclear what led to Carlson’s departure, but revelations from the Dominion lawsuit showed that the entertainer not only privately hates Donald Trump but is aware of the lies he’s telling his audience but says falshoods regardless to keep ratings and shareholder value high.
The network will now rotate hosts for “Fox News Tonight,” which will begin airing in Carlson’s 8 p.m. Eastern slot Monday evening.
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