On Monday, Fox News released a vague statement noting the network has “agreed to part ways” with popular conservative commentator Tucker Carlson.
The highly rated news anchor apparently was unaware of the coming change, as his last broadcast Friday ended with, “We’ll be back on Monday. … Have the best weekend with the ones that you love. We’ll see you then.”
Carlson hosted the very popular Monday–Friday “Tucker Carlson Tonight.“ Last Friday was the final broadcast of that show.
The Fox Network announced an interim program would replace “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” The network’s surprise statement on the matter read:
FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the Network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.
Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday Apr 21. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.
Notably, the network did not share why the network and Carlson “agreed to part ways.”
“Tucker Carlson Tonight” was often the No. 1 rated program at Fox News Media. His fiery monologues were sometimes controversial, particularly when he addressed the Jan. 6, 2021, protest and breach of the Capitol, transgender issues and various “woke” initiatives.
Carlson’s personal emails were recently made public as part of a defamation suit against the network lodged by Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion’s lawsuit “accused Fox News of airing false election claims and conspiracy theories in the wake of the 2020 presidential election,” according to the New York Post.
Some suggest Carlson’s private comments to colleagues about former President Donald Trump and the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol contributed to the network settling out of court with Dominion for a record $788 million.
Carlson has yet to make a public announcement.
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