Tucker Carlson does not point out Fox Information when he breaks the silence
Tucker Carlson speaks during the Politicon conference in Los Angeles on October 21, 2018
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Tucker Carlson broke his silence Wednesday night, two days after his rough exit from Fox News.
However, the former right wing primetime TV host has not spoken out about his sacking or what’s next for him. Instead, in a video posted to Twitter, Carlson discusses his take on US politics and the conversation that’s taking place on cable news.
“When you take a little time out, you realize how incredibly stupid the debates you see on TV are, they’re completely irrelevant. They mean nothing. In five years we won’t even remember we had them. Trust me as someone who has participated,” Carlson said in his video message on Wednesday.
On Monday, Fox News fired Carlson, noting that his last show aired on Friday. Neither Carlson nor his recently hired attorney, Bryan Freedman, have since responded to requests for comment.
“FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways,” the company said in a statement Monday. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and before that as a contributor.” Fox News officials, who did not comment after Monday’s announcement, did not immediately respond to the comment on Wednesday.
His farewell to Fox CorpThe cable television network of . — which has the highest ratings on cable news — came after the company’s $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems. Fox and Dominion settled the defamation lawsuit as it faced a six-week trial in which Carlson, some of his fellow presenters and top executives, including Rupert Murdoch, testified on the witness stand. Dominion is suing Fox and its cable networks over false claims that the voting machine maker helped rig the 2020 election in favor of Joe Biden.
Though the Dominion lawsuit probably wouldn’t affect Fox’s bottom line all that much — the stock price held steady until Carlson’s departure on Monday, when it declined slightly — the implications of what was already revealed in the discovery and what will be revealed later were could probably be a bigger concern. Carlson was a huge rating for the network.
Media reports have surfaced since Monday that private messages from Carlson, unearthed during the discovery process for the Dominion lawsuit, helped seal his fate at Fox News. Vulgar private messages about his colleagues pushed Fox executives to let Carlson go, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to the New York Times, Fox executives learned of the news on the eve of the trial.