Tucker Carlson Tells 19FortyFive He’s Still Employed By Fox: Tucker Carlson might not have a show on Fox News any longer. However, he told 19FortyFive that he was not fired.
Until a week ago, Carlson had the most-watched show on cable news.
“I’m still employed by Fox,” Carlson said in a text message to 19FortyFive.
Carlson, however, did not go into detail why he believes his show was cancelled.
Vanity Fair published a rumor that his show got axed because Fox owner Rupert Murdoch was uncomfortable with the religiosity of his address at the Heritage Foundation’s 50th Anniversary gala.
Tucker Carlson told 19FortyFive that would be hard to prove.
This confirms the ideas championed by former Fox star Megyn Kelly, who was Carlson’s predecessor in the 8 p.m. timeslot. Kelly stated on her Sirius XM show that Fox CEO Suzanne Scott contacted him Monday morning and told him he would not be allowed to do any more shows.
“He was kicked out of his company email, and now he has to negotiate an exit,” Kelly said. “Some reporting to me suggested that it’s going to be an amicable parting … completely catching Tucker off-guard.
Kelly continued: “Tucker’s not fired. That’s my information, that he still needs to negotiate the exit and that right now he’s not free to launch a podcast or a digital show or to negotiate with other employers at all because he’s still under contract. They pulled his show off the air. They also fired his executive producer Justin Wells.”
She also noted that Fox would not tell him why his show was cancelled.
“To me that’s so disheartening. He’s been at the company for years. He had been in the prime time for seven years and saw Fox News through one of its most difficult times in its history,” Kelly said.
Tucker Carlson and The Rumors
The lack of disclosure about the reason for the cancellation of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has touched off a firestorm of speculation in the media.
The Wall Street Journal, owned by Fox’s parent company Newscorp, speculated that Carlson’s internal emails unearthed due to the Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit sealed his fate. Fox was forced to pay $787,500,000 in the lawsuit settlement.
Court documents show that Carlson had Mike Lindell on his program on Jan. 26, 2021, without any pushback. Carlson stated privately in a Nov. 9, 2020, email that he knew that Lindell’s claim of wide spread voter fraud was false. “….[F]alse claims of fraud can every bit as destructive as the fraud itself,” Carlson wrote. He also stated that privately in a Nov. 16, 2020 email that Trump surrogate Sidney Powell was lying about voter fraud claims.
Scott attempted to appease Lindell, whose MyPillow at the time was a major advertiser after Lindell attacked rival Newsmax, by sending him a handwritten note. She also approved having Lindell on Carlson’s program.
Carlson was livid that Fox executives refused to protect him from the blowback from the Dominion suit because he had not been a driving force in the false coverage.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Carlson developed a reputation with Fox executives of being unmanageable and that he ran roughshod over those whose opinions he disagreed with. He allegedly also was viewed as having viewed himself as untouchable.
When it came to the all-important bottom line with big advertisers, Tucker Carlson proved unpopular with them despite being wildly popular with his audience.
He also was listed as a defendant in a suit brought by Abby Grossman, a former booker on his program. The suit alleged he created a toxic work environment due to comments she claims he made that were derogatory to women.
Scott and Fox Corp Executive Chair Lachlan Murdoch made the decision to pull Carlson’s show, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Carlson remains locked in his contract at least through the November 2024 general election. He had been in negotiations on extending it until 2029.
It is likely that Carlson has clause in his contract that will keep the true cause of the cancellation of his show under wraps.
Fox rivals Newsmax, One America News, and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze each have expressed an interest in hiring Tucker Carlson once he becomes available.
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John Rossomando’s work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award in 2008 for his reporting.
April 28, 2023 at 12:22 pm
America is a nation that’s totally & completely comfortable with sunday church worship in the morning and gun shooting range practice in the afternoon to prepare for the coming great civil war.
Carlson is probably the lone or only voice among all those visible talking heads in US mass media who questioned the rationale behind today’s unbridled NATO expansion.
Virtually everyone else was (still is) gungho for expansion and war. Including the coming great grand delicious ww3.
What possibly could be better than seeing US talking heads embedded with advance NATO combat units (vanguard attack group) rushing into battle as mushroom clouds pop up in the distance over foreign cities filled with foreign people.
US, including its mass media, is always thrilled by the sight and smell of blood and gore. Except for a very few individuals like tucker.
April 28, 2023 at 1:30 pm
Megyn says “Tucker’s not fired. That’s my information, that he still needs to negotiate the exit and that right now he’s not free to launch a podcast or a digital show or to negotiate with other employers at all because he’s still under contract”
Fox will likely keep him ‘on the line’ until after the election in 2024. (Jake Tapper likes to say “And, where do people like that go to share the big lie? MAGA Media!”). Anything to prevent Tucker from telling us more of the truth.
April 28, 2023 at 5:25 pm
I guess I would not mind being locked into a $20 million per year contract and not having to work. He can take the time to write a book or two.
April 28, 2023 at 5:35 pm
I hope Carlson clears his lockdowns from FNN and moves his show to Newsmax.
With the money he’s probably squirreled away, he is set already.
Building out Newsmax would be icing on the cake at this point
April 28, 2023 at 10:02 pm
In the UK where someone has the ability to take clients with him to the next job we put “garden leave” clauses in their contracts. This basically means we can compel the employee to stay at home rather than come to work and just keep paying his salary. That is what is happening with Carlson. Fox very likely plans to keep him sitting home till the end of 2024. He had better be lawyering up.
April 29, 2023 at 10:54 am
I had similar thoughts. I think this is about keeping Tucker on ice until the 2024 election is final. I find that very troubling.
April 29, 2023 at 1:38 pm
My speculation is that, whatever the reason Fox didn’t want his show running anymore (which may or may not be a factor in their being unable to come to contract terms with Bongino the same week), their nightmare scenario is that Carlson goes to a competing news network – and continues doing the exact same show in the exact same time slot.
Who is Fox going to replace him with in that time slot – somebody who can compete with and beat Carlson, and prevent his viewers from leaving Fox to continue watching Carlson at the competing network?
With commentators like Carlson, most of the viewers aren’t Fox Viewers – they’re Carlson Viewers. He’s the appeal, not the Fox brand. And the softer Fox has gotten in recent years as they try to straddle the fence and appeal to and steal at least some of the CNN/NBC/CBS/PBS crowd, the less brand loyalty they earn from the kind of conservatives who choose to listen to a Carlson or Bongino.
If they can keep Carlson in a “no-compete” box for at least two years, then they can concentrate on hoping to come up with a replacement for Carlson who will be established once Carlson is free of Fox restrictions.
Whether or not Carlson can escape those restrictions whether by signing elsewhere or his contract doesn’t prevent podcasting or something similar, I’m sure Carlson has no problem hiring and paying lawyers who can go head to head with Fox’s corporate lawyers if he wants out. The depositions of those involved in shutting down his show is probably not something Murdock, Scott et al want to sit through, answering questions under oath about their business model and business decisions. Did BlackRock with their 17% ownership put the pressure on and communicate with them?
If Carlson can be a bitter enemy when he feels wronged, Fox’s self inflicted wound could turn out to be a lot deeper than they calculated when choosing to do this, and the manner in which they did it.
Now back to the Deep Thinkers with the theory that if we just abandon Ukraine to Putin there won’t be WW III because then Putin will be satisfied and won’t threaten nuclear war again because he won’t have more “Special Military Operations” in any other country like Poland. Ukraine – and he’s good for life and we’re safe!
Al See Biades
April 30, 2023 at 6:13 am
Abby Grossberg,the former “Tucker Carlson Tonight” producer suing Tucker Carlson, has never MET Tucker Carlson.