Vanity Fair reported that famed former Fox News host Tucker Carlson believes he knows why Fox News Media terminated his contract. Cryptically, the veteran newscaster noted it will be a huge news story if he is correct.
According to Vanity Fair, Carlson believes “the Murdoch family is planning on selling the network.”
Vanity reported: “Carlson has told people he doesn’t know why he was terminated. According to the source, Scott refused to tell him how the decision was made; she only said that it was made ‘from above.’
Carlson said he believes Fox News executives “took his show off the air because the Murdoch children intend to sell Fox News at some point.”
Former Fox News contributor Candace Owens seemed to agree with Carlson, writing on Twitter:
“The theory that Fox News is gearing up for a sale makes sense. They couldn’t do that with a pending lawsuit, so they would have settled. Also puts into perspective why they would have gotten rid of the network star. Real life Succession.”
The Wall Street Journal noted that Fox will pay out Carlson’s reported $20,000,0000 annual contract, and that the prominent host was informed of his termination about 10 minutes before the network made the announcement.
The New York Times implied personality and presentation conflicts between Carlson and Fox Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch likely impacted the decision. A report in the Times read:
The power that Mr. Carlson, 53, wielded outside Fox News could not insulate him from a growing list of troubles inside the network related to his conduct on and off the air, some of which had been grating on Mr. Murdoch and his father, Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox Corporation, who co-founded the network in 1996, according to the two people with knowledge of the company’s decision.
The host, a polarizing and unpopular figure at the network outside of his own staff, was exposed as part of a defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems as a bully who denigrated colleagues and sources, often in profane and sexist language and called for the firing of Fox journalists whose coverage he disliked.
The NYT report also suggested Carlson’s profile of the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was a “point of contention.”
“One early point of contention was Mr. Carlson’s 2021 documentary, ‘Patriot Purge,’ which advanced the conspiracy theory that the attack that day was a so-called false flag operation designed to discredit the former president and his political movement.”
Lachlan Murdoch was reportedly caught off guard by Carlson’s comments, which led to two Fox News contributors, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, to quit in protest.
“Outnumbered,” co-host Harris Faulkner shared that Carlson’s show will be filled by rotating hosts “until a new host is named.”
Axios reported: “Carlson’s last program was Friday, April 21st … meaning Carlson did not get a chance to sign off to his viewers.”
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